Russia: “We love Wikileaks!”

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  1. Who knows? The alpha dogg has also spoken: “If it is full democracy, then why have they hidden Mr. Assange in prison? That’s what, democracy?… So, you know, as they say in the countryside, some people’s cows can moo, but yours should keep quiet. So I would like to shoot the puck back at our American colleagues.”

  2. TE Wonder says:

    Rogozin’s tweet on the cable about a NATO plan to defend the Baltic states was also pretty good
    От кого все-таки собирается оборонять НАТО Прибалтику? От своего стратегического партнера? )))

    Dima, you rascal, you

  3. I disagree Andy, I think Assange’s arrest *is* politically motivated. In fact I’m 95% sure of it.
    (1) Flimsy pretexts. The circumstantial evidence strongly indicates that the dual rape accusations against Assange only came after the two women met each other and realized he had played them.
    (2) The original Swedish prosecution was dropped, and only picked up by another prosecutor around the time when Wikileaks told they had the bank emails.
    (3) An Interpol red alert for “sex by surprise”? Please.
    (4) Assange is refused bail. The next day, the very same court grants bail to a South African alleged to have hired a hitman to off his bride. Or perhaps they just liked his cool wedding outfit?.
    (5) Now there are reports that Wandsworth Prison has Assange under close surveillance and denies him the usual amenities offered to other prisoners. And there are rumors that the US has a sealed indictment out on him and will soon try to extradite him.
    (6) This all puts serious questions on just how far Britain’s (self-)vaunted separation between executive and judiciary goes, at least when truly serious interests are concerned.

    As for Putin’s comment, of course it’s hypocritical. And he no doubt knows it and made it tongue in cheek. Kind of reminds me of his joke about being the world’s only true democrat and having no-one to talk to since Gandhi’s death. And many idiot journalists actually took that seriously…

  4. Tim Newman says:

    This all puts serious questions on just how far Britain’s (self-)vaunted separation between executive and judiciary goes, at least when truly serious interests are concerned.

    Agreed, it does. On this measure, Britain does better than most, and certainly better than Russia, but is heading in very much the wrong direction. What you will find though are plenty of commenters who are as consistently disgusted with this as they are with similar violations in other countries. I’ve certainly not read too many defences of the arrest of Assange from those who also criticise Russia’s lack of independent judiciary.

  5. Ozzy says:

    The Russian Federation is part of BRIC, the emerging markets with the 2nd-3rd largest currency and precious metal reserves, the largest global energy reserves and production and a growing middle-class that has benefited in a major league way from the Medvedev/Putin tandem over the last 10yrs after the Soviet-era, post Yeltsin’ Post-Soviet stagnation and economic shock.

    You folks miss the boat, the Kremlin is saying we in the West use double-standards all the time when it comes to freedom of the press, WikiLeaks or not. A Chinese imprisoned dissident is awarded the Nobel (and rightly so), while in the State Dept’s own secret cables have indicated we are a very paranoid society, WMDs, endless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and terror from every corner, etc.

    We need the RF for space launch to ISS after the shuttle and their military supplies and transit corridors to Afghanistan for NATO, and now they discover we had secret plans to attack them through the Baltics after the Russian-Georgian conflict of August 2008.

    Wrong move for Gates/Clinton – Baltic countries would be under the thumb of the Red Army in a matter of days, if not hours and it would go nuclear almost immediately. So stop beating the war drums and take the comments for what they were – it is called the irony of a jailed individual because he had possession of embarrassing information to the US.

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