A member of former President Bush, Senior's defence staff has called for an all-out cyber assault against whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks - and, in a shocking attack on the site's founder, Julian Assange, described the prospect of the Australian journalist living in fear of a US-sponsored assassination attempt as "heart-warming".
Jed Babbin, who served as deputy under-secretary of defense in the administration of George H.W. Bush, the father of former president George 'Dubya' Bush, made the comments in a piece published yesterday on right-wing US website The American Spectator.
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Babbin recognises the difficulty involved in prosecuting WikiLeaks, which is currently hosted in Sweden, for the disclosure of 76,000 classified documents alleging war crimes perpetrated by US-led forces during the war in Afghanistan - and the impending release of another 15,000. But he has other ideas.
While stopping short of calling for the death of the WikiLeaks founder, Babbin comes perilously close, as the following extract reveals:
"A friend of mine, a more-or-less retired CIA paramilitary operative, sees the solution in characteristically simple terms. 'We should go get him,' he said, speaking of Assange.
"When my friend says 'get him', he isn't thinking of lawsuits, but of suppressed pistols, car bombs and such. But as heart-warming as it is to envision Assange surveying his breakfast cereal with a Geiger counter, we shouldn't deal with him and WikiLeaks that way."
Instead, Babbin calls for an undercover cyber-assault, which he calls a "fire sale", against the site:
"WikiLeaks should be hit with the cyber equivalent of napalm... Burn, baby, burn."
Bemoaning the increase in judicial control over the US military seen in recent years, Babbin states:
"The courts are not agencies of national defense. The military and intelligence communities are and it is through them we should act."