Medvedev says WikiLeaks 'positive', 'healthy'

26th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday he thought the release of leaked US diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks website could have a positive effect on international diplomacy.

Brandishing his iPad, the tech-friendly Medvedev said modern communications had linked people in such a way that "no very serious secret can be guaranteed immune from being disclosed today."

"At the end of the day, I believe this WikiLeaks story should make the spirit of international relations healthier even if, in itself, this was an illegal activity," he added.

"The impact of the story for international relations is quite positive."

In November, WikiLeaks began publishing some 250,000 leaked US cables from 1966 to February 2010, revealing what it calls "the contradictions between the USA's public persona and what it says behind closed doors."

Some of the revelations have embarrassed Washington, and the White House has called those behind the leaks "criminals". Other red-faced leaders have also expressed their indignation after being criticised in the documents.

Medvedev, however, said that he had not been shocked by any revelations concerning Russia.

"From my perspective, from what I read concerning Russia from the materials which found their way to WikiLeaks, there has been nothing new to me in it," he said, smiling.

"I got the sense that most assessments that found their way to WikiLeaks concerning Russia were taken from the general political sites on the Internet."

According to a recent leaked cable from the US embassy in Moscow cited by Germany's Spiegel magazine, US diplomats believe Russian gas giant Gazprom is "badly organised, politically driven and corrupt."

"Perhaps it concerns some, but not us, we are tough guys," said a beaming Medvedev.

© 2011 AFP

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