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The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for sexual misconduct illustrates the hypocrisy of the West about democracy, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says.
In the strongest comments to come out of Russia in the latest WikiLeaks saga, Putin also took aim at the U.S. for the cables, some of which had derided Russia a "mafia state."
Assange's arrest in London earlier this week indicated that the West isn't as democratic as it thinks it is, Putin suggested.
"If there is democracy, it must be a full one. Why did they jail Mr. Assange? Is that democracy?" Putin said at a n
On Thursday, Russia called on NATO to explain a recently released cable that showed NATO was drawing up plans to defend Baltic countries from a Russian attack.
"With one hand, NATO seeks agreement with us on joint partnership, and with the other, it makes a decision that it needs to defend," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters. "So when is NATO more sincere?"
"We have asked these questions and are expecting answers to them. We think we are entitled to that," Larvrov added.
So the american gov't isn't rolling back personal freedoms? Please. Yes it might be funny coming from Putin but that doesn't make him wrong. It's showing the world these governments are accountable to no one. They sell us stories and we buy them hook line and sinker. That being said the people are waking up.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by Resurrectio
Putin is off here.. He talks about the arrest in the manner Assange was arrested for the leaks, and not for the supposed sexual misconduct.
Also of all the other world leaders, Putin has not room to talk since ha singly handedly rolled bacl personal freedoms when he was President, and continues doing that as Prime Minister. From imprisoning opposition news services, to firing Mayors and replacing them with loyalists, to arresting business owners and nationalizing their companies.
No issues here with criticism, but when it comes from Putin of all people, its nothing more than lip service.