Canadian PM's aide urges Assange assassination

A former advisor and campaign manager to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called for the assassination of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

Professor Tom Flanagan, from the University of Calgary, made the comments on live TV in an interview with Canadian state broadcaster CBC.

"I think Assange should be assassinated," Flanagan told a shocked news anchor.

US-born Flanagan went on to suggest that "Obama should put a contract out" on the Australian activist, and suggested he "use a drone", or unmanned military aircraft, to carry out the killing.

When challenged that his views were "pretty strong", the conservative political scientist shrugged off criticism by explaining that he was "feeling pretty manly", before concluding: "I wouldn't feel unhappy if Assange disappeared."

Flanagan organised Canadian PM Harper's campaign for election to leadership of the newly formed Conservative Party in 2003. He acted as the party's campaign manager in the country's general elections in 2004 and 2006, before retiring from political activism to return to full-time teaching.

Flanagan's comments come after future US presidential hopeful Sarah Palin called in a Facebook post for the US Government to hunt down Assange like an al-Qaeda terrorist, "using all means necessary" after WikiLeaks began publishing over 250,000 secret memos sent between the US State Deaprtment and embassies around the world.