Putin calls Wikileaks Assange arrest undemocratic

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on rape allegations was undemocratic.


"If we are talking about democracy, it should be complete. Why was Mr. Assange hidden in jail? Is that democracy? As we say in the village: the pot is calling the kettle black," Putin told reporters.

"I want to send the ball back to our American colleagues," he said.

The US diplomatic cables leaked by the website WikiLeaks show that American diplomats described Russia as being rule undemocratically under the iron grip of Putin, and painting the relationship between Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev as "Batman and Robin."

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange surrendered himself to police in London on Tuesday after Sweden issued a European warrant for his arrest over rape allegations.

Assange was denied bail beause he was deemed a flight risk.



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