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WikiLeaks: Don't Call for Our Murder, Either

There have been many public calls to assassinate WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange. AFP/Getty Images

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer and Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander have all called for calmer, saner rhetoric out of politicians and pundits in the wake of the assasination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six individuals. The alleged shooter, Jared Loughner, has been described as a lone, mentally disturbed gunman.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange also wants politicians to tone down the rhetoric, especially against him and members of his organization.

The U.S. is allegedly exploring filing charges against Assange for spilling state secrets and some individuals have made violent suggestions about what the government should actually do to him.

Conservative Washington Times columnist Jeffrey T. Kuhner penned a column titled "Assassinate Assange?" in which he wrote: "(Assange) is aiding and abetting terrorists in their war against America. The administration must take care of the problem - effectively and permanently."

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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin famously said the U.S. should hunt down Assange like al Qaeda. Others who either directly called for or insinuated the need for Assange's murder include former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Fox News commentator Bob Beckel and radio host Rush Limbaugh.

In a press release Monday, WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange offered condolences to the victims of the Arizona shooting, and joined the chorus of voices warning against further violent rhetoric. The statement reads:

"No organisation anywhere in the world is a more devoted advocate of free speech than Wikileaks but 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. Those who call for an act of murder deserve as significant share of the guilt as those raising a gun to pull the trigger. WikiLeaks has many young staff, volunteers and supporters in the same geographic vicinity as these the broadcast or circulation of these incitements to kill. We have also seen mentally unstable people travel from the US and other counties to other locations. Consequently we have to engage in extreme security measures. We call on US authorities and others to protect the rule of law by aggressively prosecuting these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws can not have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups."

Visit the website where WikiLeaks has gathered the various public calls for violence against Assange or its members.

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