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Ukraine not scared of WikiLeaks cables

RIA Novosti

14:18 08/12/2010

KIEV, December 8 (RIA Novosti) - The Ukrainian authorities have nothing to fear from a batch of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables recently made public by the WikiLeaks website, head of the country's administration Anna Herman said.

"What the current authorities say in tete-a-tete conversations is no different from the official position of our state and those who have power," Herman said. "We do not have double standards."

Since the end of November, Wikileaks has released thousands of confidential cables from U.S. envoys around the world from more than 250,000 it has access to.

Russia has already made several appearances in the leaks, with one describing the country as a "virtual mafia state."

In a document released in November, the U.S. Ambassador to Moscow said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev "plays Robin" to his strongman Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's "Batman."

Other leaks claim that Russia supplied separatist forces in South Ossetia and Abkhazia with weapons in the lead-up to the Georgian attack on South Ossetia in August 2008, and that Russian gas giant Gazprom is "like a vulture" in its attempts to secure new assets.

Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, turned himself in to police on Tuesday. He is wanted in Sweden on sexual assault charges. He was later denied bail and remanded in custody until December 14 by a London court, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, WikiLeaks has been forced to move to a Swiss host after being dumped by U.S. Internet companies. It continues to spawn mirror sites around the world, despite Washington's efforts to halt its activities.

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