6 Sep 2011, 1809 hrs IST After Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati wanted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be put in a “mental asylum” for having leaked WikiLeaks cables which described her as an “egomaniac”, Assange said that Mayawati should admit her error and apologise.
Assange asking Mayawati to admit her error and apologise, said, “Mayawati has betrayed rational thought. The question is, has she also betrayed the Dalit? There is no question that the documents are official papers from the US embassy. These papers have been proven the world over, including by the aggressive persecution of our people by Washington.
The allegations within them are made by US diplomats in their private communications back to Hillary Clinton. If chief minister Mayawati has a problem with the contents of these communications she need to take it up with Hillary. I ask that Mayawati admit her error and apologise.”
Assange saying that asylum in India is welcome for him, said, “Should she fail to do so, she is welcome to send her private jet to England to collect me, where I have been detained against my will, under house arrest, for the last 272 days. I would be happy to accept asylum, political asylum, in India–a nation I love. In return, I will bring Mayawati a range of the finest British footwear.”
The leaked US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks last week described how the BSP supremo once allegedly dispatched her empty private jet to fetch her favourite sandals from Mumbai. Mayawati had food tasters to sample her meals and a “security entourage to rival a head of state”, it claimed.
The cables quoting an aide of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also said she was a person with a “penchant for personal corruption” and “a strong authoritarian streak”. “I would request the government of his country to send him (Assange) to a mental asylum and if they have no place for him in his country we can put him in our Agra mental hospital”, Mayawati told reporters today.
Going ballistic against Assange, an enraged Mayawati rejected as baseless the allegations against her in the cables, saying the “WikiLeaks owner” has gone “mad” or either playing into the hands of her political opponents. “They are wrong, mischievous and derogatory and an effort to damage the image of the government. I condemn them. “This is a conspiracy to defame the honest party workers and to create an environment of distrust within the party,” she said.