Russia official: WikiLeaks founder should get Nobel Prize
Comment by Kermlin source comes amid harsh U.S. criticism over the whistle-blowing site's recent release of over 250,000 classified diplomatic cables.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been at the center of a world-wide media storm over the massive leak of U.S. diplomatic cables last week, should received the Nobel Prize, a top Russian source told country's state news agency RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
Last week, the whistle-blowing website went disclosed more than 250,000 classified diplomatic communiqués, covering issues such as Iran's nuclear program, Syria's back of Hezbollah, as well as relations between the United States and its European allies.
In response to the massive disclosure, the White Hose Press Secretary issued a statement, saying that "such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government."
The White House went on to say that U.S. President Barack Obama supported "responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal."
However, sources in the Kermlin Wednesday, referring to WikiLeaks founder Assange, told RIA Novosti that "non-governmental and governmental organizations should think of ways to help him. Perhaps he could be awarded a Nobel prize."
The comments by the Russian official came as a British judge denied Assange bail on Tuesday after the WikiLeaks founder told a London court he would fight efforts to extradite him to Sweden to face a sex-crimes investigation.
At a hearing Tuesday afternoon in front of City of London magistrates, Assange, accompanied by officials from the Australian high commission, was refused bail -- and so will remain in custody until December 14.
Assange, who gave his address as “PO Box 4080," told the court he would fight extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for alleged sex offences, which means this is expected to be a long legal battle.