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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:

WARNING all 637,000 @wikileaks followers are a target of US gov subpoena against Twitter, under section 2. B http://is.gd/koZIA

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.

  1. woodsworker
    January 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    We live in a sick world.

  2. Anonymous
    January 10, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    OH come on H.H. give it a rest.

  3. January 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm
  4. The Monitor
    January 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    You never know who is at the back door, looking in.

  5. January 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I just became a Wikileaks fan. But if Manning did what is alleged, then he’s a traitor.

  6. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I just wonder how many treasonists will be exposed. Gonna be a doozy.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  7. Goldie
    January 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Maybe none.

  8. Anonymous
    January 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    The vitriol is alive and well in Humboldt County. On January 7th someone posted an anonymous arson threat on the Times-Standard website. It was posted in response to an article about the last Planning Commission meeting wherein they discussed a proposed housing ordinance. The post has since been removed from the site but it stated verbatim… “Put a low-income housing in McKinleyville we will burn it down before it’s done.”

  9. skippy
    January 10, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you for exposing this and the link at 8:48 giving this subject the light of day– some sunshine, if you will. It needs to be brought out, lanced and cleaned like the infected wound it’s become.

  10. owltotem
    January 10, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Not to be an Ostrich or anything but the focus on Hate yesterday and today made me feel polluted, yuck like I ate processed food. For the last 48 hours hate rented a little corner in my soul. I certainly recognize it but do not welcome it. I even tried to reach out a kind gesture to a conservative friend and it was met with vitriol as well. I don’t know about you guys but it is making me sick. Night Night

  11. skippy
    January 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Good night, owltotem. Thank you for reaching out to another even if it didn’t turn out well. I’m reminded it’s not what you get out of something as much as what you bring to it. You brought a kind gesture, reconciliation, and I suspect a kind or good word. It wasn’t returned; I see that. Stay well and in good spirits, my friend. This too will pass.

  12. WhatNow
    January 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Anonymous 8:30-
    You live in a world of cognitive dissonance.
    I have no doubt that if some member of your family or miniscule circle of compatriots was subject to arraignment, detained or charged with treason you’d be screaming loike banshee.
    Certainly we were all just alarmaists when NRA kooks started showing up ate presidential rallies againsn’t Obama with side arms and the placard carrying peace activists isolated from Bush events were dangeros.
    You couldn’c commit an act of intellectual honesty if you were the recepient of a brain transplant.

  13. January 11, 2011 at 12:07 am

    It would appear that most things are to remain secret. We elect our representatives with machines that have secret source code that count our votes (not done locally). Our government does things in our names that would horrify most of us but they are kept secret. Corporations dump tones of oil dispersants into our seas and don’t have to tell us what is in the concoction. Corporate secrets. The secrets of the public are no longer secrets. Google, warrantless wiretaps, GPS devices, roadside check points, smart meters and many voluntary tracking devices like cell phones, and pet tracking chips are making personal secrets more public. This is happening while world governments are trying to hide things that Wiki leaks is bringing to light. The US government classifies documents after they are in the public domain. How could they possibly keep that many secrets? Classified and secret documents or information should be focused on the most important information and a system developed to keep this stuff out of the hands of out of work computer geeks. The current system should be used for marginal information that may or may not be a defined threat to national security like how steel buildings melted on 9/11, UFO’s, and what some diplomat thinks about another diplomat’s wardrobe or other such nonsense.

    We should keep real secrets secure like launch codes, but we should know about corporate/nation sponsored genocide and the destruction of eco systems in the name of Wall St. We should also keep the First Amendment of the US Constitution that allows for a free press. Journalists are being killed at at an alarming rate world wide. A free people and free thinking will not exist without a free press. Julian Assange should not be be on trial here, he is allowing many other important trials to take place around the world and our republic should be able to process the information and act accordingly. Killing the messenger is counter productive for our country and the world.

  14. Goldie
    January 11, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Well said, Tom.

  15. Mitch
    January 11, 2011 at 5:57 am

    The current American system is an excellent example of how, over time, institutions designed to protect a democracy end up co-opted and de-fanged. We now live in a society whose professional free press is embedded in Georgetown cocktail parties just as it is with military units.

    Wikileaks is doing the job the professional press is paid to not do.

    I’m convinced it is far closer to what our country’s revolutionary founders had in mind for a free press than any cable news operation or ad-supported newspaper.

  16. Decline to State
    January 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

    How are these horrific remarks any different than the terrible things we hear coming out of the mouths of extremist Muslims in the Middle East? Inciting the masses to kill people they disagree with if not illegal is at the very least un-American.

  17. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 11, 2011 at 8:36 am

    It feels like Government is still a cast of Robin Goodfellows…….

    JL

  18. Anonymous
    January 11, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Of course Assange should be treated like a hero. He should be included in the Liberal Hall of Fame along with other hero’s like Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, Benedict Arnold, Jane Fonda, Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames.

  19. tra
    January 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

    “Wikileaks is doing the job the professional press is paid to not do.”

    Or, as Stephen Colbert put it, at the 2006 White house Correspondent’s Dinner:

    “Over the last five years you people were so good — over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn’t want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times…as far as we knew.”

  20. Voter
    January 11, 2011 at 10:54 am

    People are so full of contradictions, aren’t we? Transparency in govt, except when we don’t like it; no taxes, except the ones that pay for services I want; and the plethora of anti-govt dogmatists who’ve gotten themselves elected and now ARE the govt.

  21. huufc
    January 11, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Hey David, move to a better country, quickly, please. Take your commie wife with you.

  22. Matt
    January 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    “Prominent US politician Mike Huckabee called for the execution of WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange on his Fox News program”

    Reminds me of Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa calling for the execution of Salman Rushdie

  23. January 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    “Wikileaks is doing the job the professional press is paid to not do.” Mitch I don’t know if you authored this, but it is great. It’s a great sentence that puts the whole situation in perfect context.

  24. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE"
    January 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Huckabee is ajoke for a human being – he is conspiring to hide the abuses he knows of.

    Huckabee is just a “damage control artist for the dualopolist media ideologists”.

    JL

  25. Ponder z
    January 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    all you libtards should post your real names so H can keep track of you in case the Republicrarts disappear you.

  26. January 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm
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