WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that he and his staff are “taking appropriate precautions” following recent calls for him to be assassinated and those responsible for the leak of the 250,000 classified US diplomatic cables to face the death penalty.
Attending - via Internet - a live Q&A session organised by The Guardian, Assange said: “The threats against our lives are a matter of public record, however, we are taking the appropriate precautions to the degree that we are able when dealing with a super power.”
His comments follow calls from former governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee, former Pentagon official Kathleen Troia (KT) McFarland and US Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin calling for those responsible for the leaks to face the death penalty and for Assange to be hunted down like an Al Qaeda terrorist.
In a live interview on Canadian TV station CBC, former advisor and campaign manager to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Professor Tom Flanagan went one step further and called for Assange’s assassination.
"I think Assange should be assassinated," Flanagan said, suggesting that Obama “should put a contract out” and “use a drone” to carry out the killing.
In response, Assange said: “It is correct that Mr. Flanagan and the others seriously making these statements should be charged with incitement to commit murder.”
He added that, should something happen to him or his team, the key parts of the remaining Cable Gate archive will be released automatically.