During a ceremony in his honor last week, Henry Kissinger — former national security advisor and secretary of state under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford — was confronted by Luke Rudkowski, a representative of youth activist group We Are Change.
Kissinger was being honored by the Board of Trustees at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum in New York City, when Rudkowski approached him at a table and confronted him about comments revealed in a recent Wikileaks disclosure, as well as allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity made during Vietnam War.
See transcript below:
RUDKOWSKI: "I just wanted to know, what did you mean when you said 'Illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a little longer,' the Wikileaks document. What did you mean by that."
KISSINGER: "What are you doing this for?"
RUDKOWSKI: "We want to know what the agenda of the Bilderberg Group meeting's going to be."
KISSINGER: "Oh come on, get lost please, I said get lost!"
RUDKOWSKI: "How does it feel winning the freedom award when you're wanted as a mass murderer and wanted in many countries and butchered millions of people?"
KISSINGER: "You coward! You self-serving coward — get lost!"
RUDKOWSKI: "You know this freedom award's a lie and you're wanted for mass mruder in different countries — you know it's a lie."
One of Kissinger's most outspoken critics was the late Christopher Hitchens, who published an extensive book in 2001 titled The Trial of Henry Kissinger. "Kissinger should have the door shut in his face," Hitchens said in an interview. "No more dinners in his honor."
Hitchens claims the former secretary of state should be prosecuted "for war crimes, for crimes against humanity, and for offenses against common or customary or international law, including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture."