Time’s Senior National Correspondent Calls for Julian Assange to be Killed by Drone

Government Deals with Embarrassing Information By Targeting Whistleblowers … and Journalists

Time Magazine’s senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald tweeted tonight:

I can’t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out [Wikileaks founder] Julian Assange

What should we make of his statement?

The problem is not so much Grunwald as an individual, although he’s proven himself to be a staunch defender of tyranny … and economic charlatans.

It’s the mindset of the entire political class.

Under both Bush and Obama, when bad government policy leads to bad results, the government manipulates the data … instead of changing policy.

As part of that effort – on the one hand – “reporters” who  never criticize the government in more than a superficial fashion are protected and rewarded.

On the other hand, the government has taken to protecting criminal wrongdoing by attacking whistleblowers … and any  journalists who have the nerve to report on the beans spilled by the whistleblowers.  (The government has also repealed long-standing laws against using propaganda against Americans on U.S. soil, and the government is manipulating social media – more proof here and here).

The Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined.

And it goes out of its way to smear whistleblowers, threaten reporters who discuss whistleblower information and harass honest analysts.

As we noted last year:

Wikileaks’ head Julian Assange could face the death penalty for his heinous crime of leaking whistleblower information which make those in power uncomfortable … i.e. being a reporter.

Former attorney general Mukasey said the U.S. should prosecute Assange because it’s “easier” than prosecuting the New York Times.

Establishment figures – such as Andrew Sorkin and David Gregory – have also called for Glenn Greenwald (the reporter who broke NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s story) to be arrested.

Alternative media – such as blogs – are given lip services by everyone from President Obama to Ben Bernanke.  Yet Senators Feinstein and Schumer – and other defenders of the status quo – don’t want alternative media, bloggers or to be covered by freedom of speech shield laws.  They only want professional reporters – who are paid by big companies – to have free speech protection.  Indeed, “professional” reporters – literally defined as those who defer to official sources – are given money, status and protection.

Journalism is not only being criminalized in America, but investigative reporting is actually treated like terrorism.

The government admits that journalists could be targeted with counter-terrorism laws (and here). For example, after Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and others sued the government to enjoin the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans – the judge asked the government attorneys 5 times whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then writing about bad guys. The government refused to promise that journalists like Hedges won’t be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge

After the government’s spying on the Associated Press made it clear to everyone that the government is trying to put a chill journalism, the senior national-security correspondent for Newsweek tweeted:

Serious idea. Instead of calling it Obama’s war on whistleblowers, let’s just call it what it is: Obama’s war on journalism.


  • The Bush White House worked hard to smear CIA officersbloggers and anyone else who criticized the Iraq war
  • In an effort to protect Bank of America from the threatened Wikileaks expose of the bank’s wrongdoing, the Department of Justice told Bank of America to a hire a specific hardball-playing law firm to assemble a team to take down WikiLeaks (and see this)

And the American government has been instrumental in locking up journalists in America (and here), Yemen and elsewhere for the crime of embarrassing the U.S. government.

Journalists are being killed all over the world for embarrassing local governments.

(Even top U.S. government wonder whether the same thing is happening in America.)

Postscript: Grunwald subsequently deleted the tweet, because it helped Assange’s supporters. But the problem was never Grunwald as an individual … but the commitment of the entire elite political class to silence voices of dissent.

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  • Lancelot Link

    “… journalists took Assange to Moro’s, a classy Spanish restaurant in central London. A reporter worried that Assange would risk killing Afghans who had co-operated with American forces if he put US secrets online without taking the basic precaution of removing their names. “Well, they’re informants,” Assange replied. “So, if they get killed, they’ve got it coming to them. They deserve it.”


    • jadan

      The US has no business invading Afghanistan. It’s illegal. If you want to justify it, then sure, you want to protect collaborators, that fifth column that supports the imperial aggressor. It’s your political point of view that matters here, one that you apparently share with this whore Grunwald. Assange is entitled to his political view, just as you are. But if you and this shit sucker Grunwald want to murder others who do not share your views, then don’t be surprised if some one lobs a missile on your wedding party. Grunwald has no business in journalism. He should be writing copy for ad agencies. Journalism is infested with vermin like him.

  • Michael McNew

    Once a nation begins its descent into psychopathy (the symptoms of psychopathy and why are government is full of them now:


    then it takes informed people to stand up and say “enough is enough!” Normal people have the moral high-ground and we can start learning how to spot psychopaths and then vote them out of office. There are politicians in both parties that put principle above personal gain and we need to back these people before we wind up going mad with power and taking on the wrong nation or set of nations.

  • Beyond mere genius

    Rather than “political class,” try Angelo Codevilla’s Ruling Class versus Country Party of his TAS essay ‘America’s Ruling Class – And the Perils of Revolution’.

  • robnume

    Talk about giving “aid and comfort to the enemy”! This guy Grunwald is just a paid “Newspeak” talking head and is probably making beaucoup bucks in the mix. As we’ve all been treated as though we the citizens are the enemy of what is supposed to be OUR country via TSA rifling our luggage and/or committing what would, in a normal society be a sex crime by invasive “patting down” techniques, exposure to the public about this nation’s proclivity to regard it’s own citizens as “guilty terrorists” is welcome, not to mention, essential .Assange is a patriot who believes in telling the truth to power. When a president, any president states that he can assassinate anyone for any reason, you had better believe you are living in a totalitarian state.

  • gozounlimited

    Yemeni Man Tells US Senate the Human Side to Drone Strikes … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxAWNd_DZ6w

  • Sunshine43

    This nutcase, Grunwald, needs serious psychiatric assistance! Sic, sick man!

  • Spire

    he wants to get to the head of the class!