Russia: Give Julian Assange a Nobel Prize
It's a change of heart from the Kremlin about WikiLeaks
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2010 4:23 PM CST
A banner with an image of Julian Assange that reads in Spanish, "We are all Julian Assange," is seen during a press conference in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar)

(Newser) – It wasn't that long ago that Russia was said to be considering dastardly revenge against WikiLeaks. Not any more, apparently. The Guardian quotes a Kremlin insider as saying that "public and non-governmental organizations should think of how to help" Julian Assange. And the quote getting attention: "Maybe, nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate."

The Guardian interprets the anonymous quote as a calculated dig against the US. Russia has apparently concluded that the latest leaks—even though they describe a "mafia state" in Russia—pose far more harm and embarrassment to Washington than to Moscow.