Putin Supports Assange, Ridicules Washington’s Democracy Claim

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Putin Supports Assange, Ridicules Washington’s Democracy Claim

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Putin Supports Assange, Ridicules Washington’s Democracy Claim


As sources in the Kremlin suggest WikiLeaks founder be nominated for a Nobel Prize, Russia’s Vladimir Putin voiced support for Julian Assange and assailed the United States for its ‘undemocratic’ attitude toward the Website owner. He said Americans have no right to lecture others on democracy after this incident.


RIA Novosti | Thursday | 9 December 2010


MOSCOW, Russia—The arrest of enigmatic Wikileaks founder Julian Assange indicates a problem with democracy, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

“Why was Assange hidden in jail? Is that democracy? As we say in the village: the pot is calling the kettle black,” Putin said in response to a question on Russia’s undemocratic image in US embassy cables.

“In Russian villages they say ’some people’s cows can moo, but yours should keep quiet.’ So I would like to shoot the puck back at our American colleagues,” Putin added.

He brushed aside what US diplomats wrote about Russia in their secret cables. “Do you think the American diplomatic service is a crystal clear source of information? Do you think so?” Putin said when asked about the cables at a news conference with visiting French Prime Minister Francois Fillon.

Assange was arrested in London on December 7. His extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted on sex assault charges, is pending.

The 39-year-old Australian currently tops an online poll for Time Person of the Year. The choice will be made by the editors of the magazine next Wednesday.

On Wednesday, a source in the Kremlin told RIA Novosti Assange should be nominated for a Nobel Prize for exposing Washington’s bully diplomacy and unethical meddling in other countries.

As initial euphoria over the leaks subsides, analysts are questioning why American and British newspapers entrusted by WikiLeaks to release the cables selectively focused on countries at odds with US, like Russia, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and others.

Touted as a scandal for US government, most of the cables leaked by the British and American newspapers embarrass countries at odd with US policy but hardly reveal real US secrets.


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6 Responses for “Putin Supports Assange, Ridicules Washington’s Democracy Claim”

  1. says:

    It is sad that The New York Times, The Guardian UK, Der Speigel (Germany) and some other unprofessional and unethical media outfits manipulate and publish selective Wikileaks’ diplomatic cables in order to protect war criminals, liars, politicians and paymasters. That is one of the compelling reasons why Wikileaks must publish ALL US army war logs and official US government cables without any self-censorship and before ALL secrets and logs are unclassified. Wikileaks opens secrets expose double standards, bully diplomacy and unethical meddling in other countries. The leaks would help avert more enslavement. In the absence of a legal judgment, the illegal acts to ban WikiLeaks and other websites from global accessibility have largely backfired by promoting mirror sites and further circulation. Both international law and the US Constitution prohibit criminal punishment of those who report matters of public interest. Government and diplomatic embarrassment is not a threat to national security. It would be both unwise and of questionable legality to use the 1917 Espionage Act against WikiLeaks and other media who republish information leaked by whistleblowers. Over-interpreting the 1917 Espionage Act to authorize prosecution of non-government agents who simply receive and publish leaked classified information could have similar chilling results.
    Prosecution of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange will degrade freedom of expression for all media, researchers and reporters, and set a terrible precedent that will be eagerly grasped by other governments, particularly those with a record of trying to ban, gag, stifle, muzzle or censor legitimate political reporting.
    Here are two informational clips that may help analyse the objectives and motives behind the war logs and cablegate, Wikileaks, its founder Julian Assange. Make the clips viral; share far and wide. ; .

  2. Putin Supports Assange, Ridicules Washington's Democracy Claim ……

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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  5. Writer says:

    There is no democracy in USA or in any Western country. All Western countries are Democratic Nazis and Democratic Terrorists.

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