Wikileaks followers beware
Speaking of violent rhetoric by right-wingers, the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, is the most recent target of Republican assassination fantasies. For a showcase of blood thirsty quotes see peopleokwithmurderingassange.com.
If you’re on Twitter and follow Wikileaks, the US government wants your number. A recent tweet from Wikileaks says:
While Democrats found themselves in the cross hairs of right-wing hate speech during the 2010 election season, vitriol against Assange has been especially nasty.
A Wikileaks press release Monday highlighted the ugliness we have come to expect from the right-wing’s famous faces:
WikiLeaks staff and contributors have also been the target of unprecedented violent rhetoric by US prominent media personalities, including Sarah Palin, who urged the US administration to “Hunt down the WikiLeaks chief like the Taliban”. Prominent US politician Mike Huckabee called for the execution of WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange on his Fox News program last November, and Fox News commentator Bob Beckel, referring to Assange, publicly called for people to “illegally shoot the son of a bitch.” US radio personality Rush Limbaugh has called for pressure to “Give [Fox News President Roger] Ailes the order and [then] there is no Assange, I’ll guarantee you, and there will be no fingerprints on it.”, while the Washington Times columnist Jeffery T. Kuhner titled his column “Assassinate Assange” captioned with a picture Julian Assange overlayed with a gun site, blood spatters, and “WANTED DEAD or ALIVE” with the alive crossed out.