August 18, 2013
TIME senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald sent out a controversial tweet Saturday evening that advocated for a drone missile strike against Wikileaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange.
GlobalPost editor Erin Cunningham:
Here’s the apology:
It’s unclear why Grunwald was discussing Assange — who is a publisher, writer, activist, and facilitator of leaking information — though WikiLeaks did just released a massive, encrypted insurance file.Assange, a 42-year-old Australian citizen, recently told a Google hangout that libertarianism is the only useful American political philosophy.
“The libertarian aspect of the Republican Party is presently the only useful political voice really in the U.S. Congress,” Assange said.
Assange, who is currently residing in Ecuador’s London embassy, was also instrumental in NSA whistleblower and leaker Edward Snowden flying to Russia.
In any case, Grunwald’s stance is shocking.