- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 18, 2013

Time magazine’s senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald faced fire Saturday night after he tweeted in support of a drone strike on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a comment that he deleted soon after WikiLeaks called for Mr. Grunwald’s resignation.

“I can’t wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange,” Mr. Grunwald tweeted, according to a report by Mediaite.com.

WikiLeaks quickly responded: “We have written to TIME magazine to ask for Michael Grunwald’s resignation.”

“TIME must show that journalists calling for the murder of other journalists, or, indeed, anybody, is never acceptable,” Wikileaks added.

Mr .Grunwald later deleted the tweet, admitting that it was “dumb.” He also agreed with a fellow Twitter user, deleting the comment only because “it [gave] Assange supporters a nice safe persecution complex to hide in.”

Mediaite reported that a Time spokesperson said: “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.”