Assange: Palin, Huckabee 'Inciting People to Murder' Me

When was due process tossed out, he asks in interview
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2010 4:30 AM CST
Assange: Palin, Huck Are 'Inciting People to Murder' Me
Julian Assange talks at a press conference at the in England.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Furious WikiLeaker Julian Assange yesterday slammed critics like Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin for "inciting people to murder" him. "If we are to have a civil society you cannot have senior people making calls on national TV to go around the judiciary and murder people. That is incitement to commit murder," he told MSNBC in an interview from England. "That is an offense." He wondered whether the United States was slipping into "anarchy" amid what he called "digital McCarthyism."

Are "those great Bill of Rights traditions of due process just thrown to the wind whenever some shock jock politician" wants to "make a name for themselves?" he asked. Vice President Joe Biden and Palin have compared Assange's leaking classified material to terrorism, with Palin saying the US should "use whatever means necessary to hunt Assange down like an al-Qaeda" operative. Huckabee said he considered "anything less than execution" as "too kind a penalty." (Read more Joe Biden stories.)

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