Time magazine senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald sent out a controversial tweet Saturday evening that advocated for a drone missile strike against Wikileaks founder and Australian citizen Julian Assange.
Here’s the tweet, which has been deleted:
The statement immediately received a flurry of responses. Grunwald later deleted the tweet and apologized.
Politico deputy editor Blake Hounshell:
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) August 17, 2013
Kade Ellis of Privacy SOS:
.@MikeGrunwald You want Julian Assange to be murdered?
— kade (@onekade) August 17, 2013
Guardian editor James Ball:
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) August 18, 2013
Erin Cunningham, editor at GlobalPost:
— Erin Cunningham (@erinmcunningham) August 18, 2013
Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian:
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 18, 2013
Here’s the apology:
It was a dumb tweet. I’m sorry. I deserve the backlash. (Maybe not the anti-Semitic stuff but otherwise I asked for it.)
— Michael Grunwald (@MikeGrunwald) August 18, 2013
“The libertarian aspect of the Republican Party is presently the only useful political voice really in the U.S. Congress,” the 42-year-old Australian citizen said.
Assange, who is currently residing in Ecuador’s London embassy, was also instrumental in NSA whistleblower and leaker Edward Snowden flying to Russia.