In what could be a grand moment in cognitive dissonance, or perhaps just a brazenly bold attempt to be dickish, Russia has suggested that Julian Assange be nominated for a Nobel prize for his efforts in muck-raking. From The Guardian:
“Public and non-governmental organisations should think of how to help him,” the source from inside president Dmitry Medvedev’s office told Russian news agencies. Speaking in Brussels, where Medvedev was attending a Russia-EU summit yesterday , the source went on: “Maybe, nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate.”
[…]Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s hardline ultra-nationalist ambassador to Nato, also today voiced his support for the embattled Assange. He tweeted that Assange’s arrest and incarceration on Monday at the City of Westminster magistrates’ court demonstrated that there was “no media freedom” in the west. Assange’s “fate” amounted to “political persecution” and a lack of human rights, the ambassador said.
In completely unrelated news, sometimes investigative journalists in Russia mysteriously disappear or are shot. Putin was unavailable for comment as he was busy loading a large, rolled-up blanket into his jeep and had to “take care of some business.”