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New Calls For Attack On Wikileaks Founder

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Tom Flanagan, a Canadian political science professor and former chief of staff to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, says Wikileaks creator Julian Assange should be killed - and he wants President Obama to order the assassination. Flanagan appeared last night on a CBC news program and his remarks are cited in the Telegraph:

'I think Assange should be assassinated, actually. (laughs) I think Obama should put out a contract or use a drone or something.'

The CBC news host confronted him, saying incredulously, 'that's pretty harsh stuff'.  Flanagan replied:

'Well, I'm feeling pretty manly today. ... I wouldn't feel happy, uh, unhappy, if Assange disappeared.'

Flanagan says the Wikileaks founder reveals too much. But Flanagan himself criticized Canadian politicians for 'too much confidentiality' in his new book, according to the Toronto Globe. Others who think Assange goes too far are also asking how the leaks can be stopped. Columnist William Kristol thinks it over in his piece 'Whack Wikileaks':

Why can't we act forcefully against WikiLeaks? Why can't we use our various assets to harass, snatch or neutralize Julian Assange and his collaborators, wherever they are? Why can't we disrupt and destroy WikiLeaks in both cyberspace and physical space, to the extent possible?

INTERPOL SEEKS ASSANGE

The New York Times says the international police group has issued a Red Notice for him. He's wanted for questioning in connection with alleged sex crimes in Sweden. Assange has rejected the allegations but his whereabouts aren't known; the Press Association says it'll now be harder for him to travel.