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article imageGrunwald of TIME Magazine longs to report drone strike on Assange

By Anne Sewell     Aug 18, 2013 in World
TIME Magazine's senior national correspondent, Michael Grunwald, has been caught out sending a tweet which stated he can't wait to report on the execution of Julian Assange by drone strike. (Updated).
The tweet read, “I can't wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange.”
The tweet caused a scandal throughout Twitter, and while Grunwald deleted the message and apologized, WikiLeaks continues to call for his resignation from the prestigious publication.
WikiLeaks also posted that TIME magazine must state publicly that journalists calling for the murder of other journalists is “never acceptable.”
WikiLeaks response to controversial tweet by Mike Grunwald of TIMES magazine.
WikiLeaks response to controversial tweet by Mike Grunwald of TIMES magazine.
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The unethical tweet sent by Grunwald on August 17 was deleted soon after being posted, but as WikiLeaks points out in a further tweet, they had archived the questionable comment.
Archived copy of a tweet sent by Mike Grunwald of the Times on August 17  2013.
Archived copy of a tweet sent by Mike Grunwald of the Times on August 17, 2013.
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Christine Assange, mother of Julian, was naturally upset by the statement and sent a few tweets of her own to Grunwald including the following:
Christine Assange responds to the Twitter news that Mike Grunwald of the Times can t wait for her so...
Christine Assange responds to the Twitter news that Mike Grunwald of the Times can't wait for her son to be killed by a drone.
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Mrs Assange continued by asking TIME magazine is they are happy to retain this caliber of "journalist":
Christine Assange tweets about Mike Grunwald and his unethical message.
Christine Assange tweets about Mike Grunwald and his unethical message.
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She continues by pointing out to Grunwald that she had never actually heard of him before, and that she noted that while WikiLeaks has 1.9M followers, Grunwald has "only 9K."
Grunwald did respond to the criticism on Twitter by stating that the original post was a “dumb tweet” that he had deleted and so far TIME has not offered any comment on their employee’s statement.
RT News also reported on the Twitter scandal.
Update:
A TIME spokesperson has released the following statement:
"Michael Grunwald posted an offensive tweet from his personal Twitter account that is in no way representative of TIME's views. He regrets having tweeted it, and he removed it from his feed."
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