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WikiLeaks mole 'should face death penalty'

A former Pentagon official who held security posts under the Reagan, Nixon and Ford administrations, has called for Bradley Manning to be tried and executed for treason, and she's not alone.

Manning, who is currently being held in prison accused of handing hundreds of thousands of sensitive Government and military documents to whistle-blowing web site WikiLeaks is currently being charged with 'delivering national defence information to an unauthorised source'.

Kathleen Troia (KT) McFarland, who now acts as a security analyst for Fox News (hands up who saw that coming), reckons the charge should be escalated to treason and that the 23-year-old Private should face the death penalty.

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange isn’t some well-meaning, anti-war protestor leaking documents in hopes of ending an unpopular war. He’s waging cyberwar on the United States and the global world order," she froths. "Mr. Assange and his fellow hackers are terrorists and should be prosecuted as such."

McFarland suggests a four-point plan to prevent the people of the world from finding out what the US Government is really up to in the name of freedom by declaring WikiLeaks a terrorist organisation and freezing its assets, shutting down the web site and coming down hard on any country that steps in to host it, pulling Julian Assange's passport, and sending Bradley Manning to the electric chair.

"It's time to up the charges," she writes. "Let's charge him and try him for treason. If he's found guilty, he should be executed."

She also suggest that the power of the people should be used to bring down the whistle-blowing web site.

"If all else fails, every American should to go to WikiLeaks.org, hit the refresh button a couple dozen times and crash their site."

McFarland isn't the only rabid right-winger baying for blood. Professor Tom Flanagan (pictured), who acts as an advisor to Canadian PM Stephen Harper, suggested that Julian Assange should be eliminated. "I think Assange should be assassinated," he told CBC News. "Maybe should put out a contract or use a drone or something. There's no good coming of this."

Later in the interview he stated, "I wouldn’t feel unhappy if Assange disappeared."

Former US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee also backed the death penalty. "Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty. Any lives they endangered, they’re personally responsible for and the blood is on their hands."