WikiLeaks founder wants Flanagan charged over flippant assassination commentsBy The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press
OTTAWA - The founder of WikiLeaks says former Stephen Harper adviser Tom Flanagan should be charged with incitement to commit murder for suggesting he should be assassinated.
Julian Assange was speaking Friday in an online forum run by Britain's Guardian newspaper and was asked about flippant comments Flanagan made during television broadcast this week.
"It is correct that Mr. Flanagan and the others seriously making these statements should be charged with incitement to commit murder," Assange replied to the online question-and-answer session from an undisclosed location.
Flanagan mused on a CBC political talk show panel that U.S. President Barack Obama should consider assassinating Assange.
"I think Assange should be assassinated, actually," Flanagan said.
"I think Obama should put out a contract or maybe use a drone or something."
The University of Calgary professor has since apologized for the remarks, saying he wasn't seriously suggesting Assange should be killed.
Flanagan couldn't be reached for comment on Assange's latest remarks.
Flanagan has not advised Harper for years and the Conservative government has disavowed all connection to him in recent days.
A spokesperson for WikiLeaks has noted that various pundits in the United States and Canada have called for Assange to be hunted down or killed.