December 11, 2010
The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for sexual misconduct illustrates the hypocrisy of the West about democracy, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says.
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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 news conference Thursday. “You know what our villagers say: while someone’s cow is mooing, yours better be silent.” The Russian expression is loosely equivalent to the pot calling the kettle black.