Putin’s Take on WikiLeaks

by Daniel Foster

Via Danger Room


In a recent — and testy! — press conference, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cast doubt onaccuracy of the cables, asking whether the U.S. diplomats writing in the leaked cables can be considered a “crystal clear source of information.” But his saved his tartest quote to slam what he sees as the hypocritical contrast between the West’s democracy promotion in Russia and the multi-pronged attack on WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

“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,” Putin snarked, questioning whether Assange’s arrest in the U.K. represented “full democracy.”

(Earlier this week, an anonymous Kremlin official suggested to the Russian media that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should receive a Nobel Prize for releasing the cables.)

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