'Russia: Julian Assange deserves a Nobel Prize'

As Wikileaks founder is jailed in solitary confinement, alleged rape victim moves to West Bank; Russian official expresses support for Assange.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 11, 2010 08:28
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

311_Julian Assange. (photo credit: Wikicommons)

Sources in Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's office have suggested that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently incarcerated in solitary confinement on rape charges, should win the Nobel peace prize, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

While Medvedev was in Brussels for a Russia-EU summit, the source told Russian news agencies that "public and non-governmental organizations should think of how to help [Assange]. Maybe nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate."

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On Thursday, The Guardian also reported that Assange was moved to solitary confinement in Wandsworth prison in the UK. Assange, an Australian citizen, was arrested and refused bail in England this week after Sweden sought his extradition for sexual assault.

Assange was reportedly segregated after other inmates showed interest in the high-profile prisoner, and will be given limited internet access.

His lawyer, Mark Stephens, told The Guardian that Assange "doesn't have access to a computer, even without an internet connection, or to writing material. He's got some files, but doesn't have any paper to write on and put them in."


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