Time correspondent Michael Grunwald quickly decided better of his tweet suggesting he was looking forward to writing about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange being taken out by a drone strike.

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https://twitter.com/anonymisterz/status/368888518707142656

Tough crowd. Grunwald decided to delete the tweet, but not without further antagonizing Assange’s supporters and others.

https://twitter.com/charnyr/status/368888396279595009

https://twitter.com/JonathanDBrown/status/368888322422079488

https://twitter.com/Asimhaneef/status/368892810906193920

Grunwald linked to a piece he published earlier this year arguing that the government is obligated to limit individual freedoms to protect lives, but the “don’t tread on me crowd” wasn’t impressed.

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Update:

After withstanding the closest thing Twitter has to an unmanned drone strike, Grunwald apologized.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.