Wikileaks and the people behind the whistle blowing site are single handedly responsible for releasing the largest cache of classified data to the public at large. The following comments then, come as no surprise: “I think he should be assassinated”. It isn’t some terrorist leader from a third world country issuing a fatwa against the ‘infidels’, this in fact, is a senior advisor and strategist to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper – Tom Flanagan.
In what could only be described as a flippant comment – the Canadian PM’s senior advisor today went ahead and let his opinion be known throughout the world. He asked for the assassination of the Wikileaks front man, Julian Assange. Discarding Iranian cleric and spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa against Salman Rushdie, this is the first time since February 1989 that an edict has been delivered asking for a person’s assassination.
The interesting thing to note here is that while anchor Solomon gave Flanagan ample opportunity to the Canadian Prime Minister’s senior advisor and strategist – he balked at doing so. There was, it appears, no ‘reason’ to take back his words about asking for someone’s ‘termination’.
In addition to a flippant reply, advisor and strategist Flanagan asked for the US President to ‘put out a contract’ on Assange or to use ‘a drone’ to cause his ‘disappearance’. Advisor Flanagan also added that he would not ‘be unhappy’ if Assange was to disappear.
It should be noted that apart from being senior advisor and strategist, Flanagan is also a trusted member of PM Harper’s inner circle of Tory strategists. He joins Sarah Palin who has also previously called for the death of the Wikileaks director as retribution.