by William Craddick, Disobedient Media: Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange tweeted extensively overnight regarding what he labeled tolerant liberals who have called for his assassination and torture. Assange called such media figures “blue-ticks.” It is not clear at this time what may have prompted the series of tweets. Assange also referenced the torture and murder of what he called “alleged sources” during the series of tweets. He also implicated Hillary Clinton in some of the references. Some understood this to be a reference to the upcoming anniversary of Seth Rich’s murder, but it is not clear at this time who Assange may have been specifically referring to.
Assange tweeted on the subject of the torture of his staff and sources. His reference to the assassination of sources as well as threats to his own life was understood by some to be a reference to the killing of Seth Rich, a DNC staffer and data analyst whose still-unsolved murder took place almost a year ago.
Assange further stated that he had received such threats as a result of attempting to inform the public:
Despite the nature of the threats Assange compiled, he joked that one had to “have fun while compiling your death threats.” Media figures and journalists Assange reported having called for his death included Morris Davis, a retired Air Force Colonel noted by Assange as a Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor and legacy media commentator. Somewhat ironically, despite calling for Assange to be assassinated, Davis has previously published material with outlets including The Guardian which defended the human rights of alleged terrorists held in Guantanamo Bay. He wrote “Where is justice for the men still abandoned in Guantánamo Bay?” One could similarly ask where the justice is for Assange, who remains in the Ecuadorian Embassy despite the United Nations having called his detention there ‘arbitrary.’
The Palmer Report likened Assange to Osama Bin Laden, tweeting that “Assange must be killed.” Comparisons between Assange, a publisher of information many establishment interests find unflattering, with Bin Laden, responsible for the murderer of thousands of Americans on 9/11, reflects the extremity with which establishment media has reacted to what it perceives as a threat Assange represents towards their interests.
Such vitriol intensified over recent months after Wikileaks’ release of the DNC leaks, which proved damaging to former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. More recently the ongoing publication of Vault 7 angered the CIA. During the recent series of tweets, Assange often referred to threats made towards Wikileak’s staff, as well as “alleged sources.” In one such tweet, he specifically referenced Hillary Clinton and her campaign as related to such threats and torture.
Assange also wrote that Democratic strategist Bob Beckel had called for his death on national television. Beckel had been fired by Fox News after making a racist statement earlier this year.