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A reporter for TIME Magazine sparked a Twitter war when he said that he "can't wait to write a defence of the drone strike that takes out" Australian-born Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Michael Grunwald deleted his tweet after a follower argued that it would only encourage Assange supporters.
It's unclear why Grunwald was discussing Assange — who is a publisher, writer, activist, and facilitator of leaking information — though WikiLeaks did just released an massive, encrypted insurance file.
Michael Grunwald was pressured into deleting the offending tweet after it was greeeted with hostility online - particularly by Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian - who broke the story of NSA whistle-blower Edward Norton..
Things like this make you not just understand, but celebrate, the failings of large media outlets
Grunwald has written extensively about his support for the United States strategy of killing terrorists using unmanned military drones.
WikiLeaks tweeted that they have sent a letter to the publication demanding Grunwald’s resignation. They have said that the magazine must show that journalists calling for the murder of other journalists is “never acceptable.”
Michael Grunwald, a senior national correspondent for TIME, has written numerous cover stories, on topics ranging from the myth of biofuels to the future of California, from Person of the Year Ben Bernanke to the future of the Republican party. He joined TIME in May 2007...
...Before joining TIME, Grunwald spent nearly a decade at the Washington Post, where he served as a congressional correspondent, New York bureau chief, Outlook section essayist and national investigative reporter. He also wrote the Post’s lead news story on the September 11th attacks. Previously, Grunwald spent more than five years as a local and national reporter at the Boston Globe. He has also written for The New Republic, Slate, Foreign Policy and many other publications.
Grunwald is the recipient of the George Polk Award for national reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting and the Society of Environmental Journalists award for in-depth reporting, among other journalism honors. For his August 2007 TIME cover story on New Orleans, Grunwald was awarded Understanding Government’s Prize for Preventive Journalism.