In what appears to be a calculated dig at the US, the Kremlin urged non-governmental organisations to think seriously about `nominating Assange as a Nobel Prize laureate`.
`Public and non-governmental organisations should think of how to help him,` the source from inside president Dmitry Medvedev`s office told Russian news agencies. Speaking in Brussels, whereMedvedev was attending a Russia-EU summit yesterday , the source went on: `Maybe, nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate.`"
Julian Assange should be the Time Magazine Person of the Year, and well as the winner of the Nobel peace prize.
Most newspaper editorials and TV talking heads have vilified Assange as an anarchist, spy, and implacable enemy of the United States. I`ve heard more than a few commentators imply that Assange should be assassinated. Ironically this is the very type of duplicity that Assange has exposed by releasing tons of US diplomatic cables and other secret documents. The pundits in the media who wish the WikiLeaks founder should be killed should should state so explicitly.
The tons of material published by WikiLeaks exposed the duplicity and hypocrisy of the United States and other Western countries. Publicly the United States government describes Russia as a "strategic partner" and ally, but behind closed doors American officials describe Russia as a "mafia state."
It`s ironic (I know, I plead guilty to overusing that word) that the "mafia state" of Russia is in favor of transparency and freedom of speech while the world`s greatest democracy attacks the courageous Australian whistleblower. Instead of taking umbrage at the release of the secret documents, Obama should apologize for how badly the documents reflect on the behavior of his administration and state department employees.
Diplomacy makes the profession of prostitution look noble in comparison. Publicly diplomats are obsequious to their foreign counterparts, while behind doors they adopt a different posture. If a foreign leader is called "The Exalted Dear Leader with the Mighty Big Penis Who Puts A Horse To Shame", the American diplomat takes great pains to make sure he doesn`t miss an adjective when addressing him, while privately he calls him the little pr***.
Julian Assange has made a lot of enemies in high places, and he will probably pay for his courage with his life. The powers that be have already trumped up sex charges against him, and they won`t rest until he is silenced. But Assange has many supporters throughout the world, and we must make sure that WikiLeaks will survive without him at the helm.