Assange: I Could End Up Like Gabrielle Giffords

Threats against WikiLeaks must be taken seriously, he urges
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2011 7:20 AM CST
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, leaves Belmarsh Magistrate's court in London, with lawyer Jennifer Robinson after his extradition hearing, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – WikiLeaks issued a warning today: Treat the numerous threats against founder Julian Assange seriously, “or expect more Gabrielle Gifford (sic) killing sprees.” Assange headed back to court today in London in his continuing fight to avoid extradition to Sweden, but before that brief appearance, his organization issued a press release via offering condolences to the Tucson shooting victims—and drawing comparisons between that tragedy and threats against WikiLeaks.

The release lists many examples of the “unprecedented violent rhetoric” aimed at WikiLeaks staff and contributors, from the likes of Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Rush Limbaugh, and more, and recalled the warning of the Tucson sheriff that such rhetoric can “inflame … unbalanced personalities.” “When senior politicians and attention seeking media commentators call for specific individuals or groups of people to be killed they should be charged with incitement—to murder,” said Assange in the statement. His next court appearance is Feb. 7, reports the AP.

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