Thursday, 8 September 2011

Julian Assange - Mayavati

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, didn’t takekindly to Kumari Mayawati’s words that he should be sent to a mentalasylum. So Mr. Assange lashed back.

Julian Assange didn’t take kindly toMayawati’s words that he should be sent to a mental asylum.
Leaked U.S.diplomatic cables recently released by WikiLeaks called Ms. Mayawati, the chiefminister of India’sstate of Uttar Pradesh, unkind things like a “paranoid dictator”and “corrupt.” They even alleged she sent a private jet to Mumbaito pick up a pair of her favorite sandals – a revelation we foundsurprising, not least because we never knew Ms. Mayawati was much of afashionista.

She denied all of this, saying that the leaked cables were“baseless” and politically motivated. She took it all out on Mr.Assange, even suggesting he should be institutionalized in Agra’s mental asylum, in her homestate.

It didn’t take long for Mr. Assange to respond intone. In a statement released Tuesday he vouched for the authenticity of thecables and asked the chief minister to “admit her error and apologise.”

“Should she fail to do so, she is welcome to send herprivate jet to Englandto collect me, where I have been detained against my will,” he said.

He didn’t let the sandals reference slip by: “Iwould be happy to accept asylum, political asylum, in India–anation I love. In return, I will bring Mayawati a range of the finest Britishfootwear.”

Mr. Assange has been held in Londonpending an extradition request from Sweden where he faces accusationsof sexual abuse, which he denies.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi was not immediately reachable forcomment. The U.S. Embassy has previously declined to comment on the leakedcables on Ms. Mayawati.


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