Saturday, December 11, 2010

BRIC and Assange, India ducks...

dec 11th, 2010

india is quiet because it doesn't want to embarrass obama. in a way it's good that india keeps quiet. whenever these bozos open their mouths, they put their big feet in.

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WikiLeaks' Julian Assange 'Should Get Nobel Peace Prize,' Says Russia

HUFFINGTON POST, Dec 10, 2010

Despite being lambasted as "Batman and Robin" respectively, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev have pledged support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and have gone as far as to suggest the beleaguered site's frontman be honored with a Nobel Peace Prize.

The Guardian quotes a Kremlin source as urging international non-governmental organizations to think seriously about "nominating Assange as a Nobel Prize laureate." Speaking in Brussels, where Medvedev was attending a Russia-EU summit, the source told Russian news agencies that "public and NGOs should think of how to help him."

Russia's premier also personally pledged his support for WikiLeaks, slamming Assange's arrest as "undemocratic," according to the AFP. "Why was Mr. Assange hidden in jail? Is that democracy?" Putin asked in a press conference after a briefing with his French counterpart Francois Fillon Thursday. When asked about leaked U.S. diplomatic cables which cast him as Russia's "alpha-dog" ruler of a corrupt bureaucracy, Putin questioned whether the U.S. Foreign Service was a "crystal clean source of information."

Putin and Medvedev aren't the only world leaders backing Assange. In Brazil, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reportedly expressed solidarity with the Australian activist, calling his arrest as a blow against "freedom of expression. "They have arrested him and I don't hear so much as a single protest for freedom of expression," he said.


2 comments:

Arvind said...

India has been a weakling among the BRIC countries. When USA introduced the fingerprinting rule at airports, Brazil retaliated by introducing its own security measures. When USA started the "war on terror," Putin announced that Russia will fight its own War on Terror. When USA came out with a Human Rights Report, China retaliated with its own.

In each case, India's reaction has been to genuflect to the US.

Non Carborundum said...

Congress Party will stoop to any level says US ambassador Mulford

http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-wikileaks-cong-played-religious-politics-post-2611/20101211.htm

Also OT:

Karkare's wife reacts to Digvijay Singh's treachery

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/digvijaya-claims-are-painful-karkares-wife/137165-3.html