Steve Gill: Kill Wikileaks Founder

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As WSMV reported last night, Steve Gill has issued a talk-radio fatwa on WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Angered over WikiLeaks' recent publication of more than 250,000 leaked U.S. Embassy cables, the ever-reasonable talk radio host offered the following thoughts on WikiLeaks and its figurehead:

They should be designated as a terrorist organization, and folks like Julian Assange should be targeted as terrorists. They should either be captured and kept at Guantanamo Bay, or killed.

While the whole episode has undoubtedly left U.S. diplomats with quite a bit of egg on their faces, Gill's response is absurd. First off, if anyone is to blame, it's the people who leaked the information to WikiLeaks. As First Amendment Center VP Gene Policinski told WSMV, "As long as WikiLeaks did not themselves steal data or encourage someone to steal data ... they're probably in the realm of protected speech."

But apparently Gill's philosophy is to shoot the messenger. Ain't it funny how the right-wing "protect the Constitution at all costs" folks are often so annoyed by that pesky First Amendment? (Of course, it's become increasingly clear that most of them wish the Amendments started at No. 2.)

Secondly, while Hillary Clinton has an endless string of painfully awkward dinner parties ahead of her, the leak is more about national embarrassment than national security, as a BBC story aptly put it. And the author of a New York Times editorial found the whole incident oddly reassuring.

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