Russia Today: Hey, let’s nominate Assange for a Nobel Peace Prize!

posted at 12:55 pm on December 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

According to Russia’s English-language television news Russia Today, the Kremlin thinks that Julian Assange is too important for a Time Magazine Person of the Year and needs more substantial recognition for his work — like, say, sharing the stage with Barack Obama with a Nobel Peace Prize.  The Week has the lengthy video that is unintentionally hilarious as it explores whether the US or Israel’s assassins will get to Assange first.  This comes from Russia, remember:

Let’s first look at RT’s contributors on this topic. Ray McGovern is both a Truther and a longtime conspiracy theorist regarding Israel, which explains why he leaps to the notion that America’s “friends” (the scare quotes are his) will rush to assassinate Assange.  Perhaps Alexander Litvenenko could clarify the Russian position on the notion of assassinations  — oh, wait, he can’t, having been killed by a slow-acting poison after dissenting from the Putin regime while living in London.  Boris Berezovsky could speak to it still, no thanks to the assassins he narrowly avoided on at least one occasion.

Wayne Madsen is cut from the same cloth, having argued for Trutherism as well as the notion that the USS Cole was hit by an Israeli missile and not al-Qaeda terrorists.  He also claims Israel controls CNN, that the 2009 swine flu was man-made, and even provided an argument for Birtherism.  In this clip, he calls Assange a “patsy” — an odd word for someone who has openly bragged of the release of American documents — and says that the US will kill him when he outlives his usefulness like … Lee Harvey Oswald.

So shall we take this paranoia party seriously and think that the Kremlin wants Assange to get a Nobel Prize?  Well, RT is funded mainly by the Russian government, not exactly known for its tolerance of heterodox opinions in the media, so it seems that’s the story it would like to circulate.  They may want Assange to get it posthumously, however.


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Yeah, it’s all fun and games until he dumps a pile of their internal communications on the net.

A Balrog of Morgoth on December 8, 2010 at 12:57 PM

The crazies are crazier then normal.

rob verdi on December 8, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Does anybody else think Assange looks like the Albino Monk from the the Da Vinci Code movie?

portlandon on December 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM

I saw this coming a mile away..Pass the Popcorn!..:)

Dire Straits on December 8, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Why not? It’s not like the Nobel Peace Prize is as prestigious as the “World’s Greatest Dad” award.

rbj on December 8, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Frankly, the Nobel Peace Prize lost its prestige when they handed one to Gore.

pilamaye on December 8, 2010 at 1:07 PM

it explores whether the US or Israel’s assassins will get to Assange first. This comes from Russia

…and is entitled, “Reasonable doubt.”

calbear on December 8, 2010 at 1:13 PM

So give him a Nobel, bump him off and bury him between Yasser Arafat and Le Duc Tho. Why isn’t anyone asking “Who is giving him these documents?” An Army PFC did it all? Bullstuff!

cartooner on December 8, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Hey, Obama got one just for being Obama, so why not?

The Nobel Peace Prize would be the perfect cherry on this farcical sundae.

Aitch748 on December 8, 2010 at 1:15 PM

They may want Assange to get it posthumously, however.

Hmm, this drink taste kind of fruity! What’s in ii…..

upinak on December 8, 2010 at 1:15 PM

…more like Gollum from LOTR.

slickwillie2001 on December 8, 2010 at 1:15 PM

No surprise here. The Russo/Slavic world takes conspiracy theories very seriously.

I suspect its because they have governments with a long history of covering things up.

Machiavelli Hobbes on December 8, 2010 at 1:16 PM

He’ll fit right in with Krugman, Obama, and Gore.

jhffmn on December 8, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Given that opposing American power is a pre-requisite for Nobel consideration, Assange would be a shoe-in. Although those Swedish judges may not look kindly on that whole sex-without-a-rubber business…

Enrique on December 8, 2010 at 1:21 PM

We’ll see if the Russians still want to give Pansy-boy a Nobel Peace Prize after it comes out that Putin was caught in a hotel room with a couple of goats, and wearing just a scuba mask, swim fins, and a pink lace teddy.

Dopenstrange on December 8, 2010 at 1:22 PM

told ya

jediwebdude on December 8, 2010 at 1:26 PM

The last couple of odd years have been odd picks (2009, Obama for being a fake and, 2007, Al Gore for being a liar), so, why not 2011, Assange for being a weasel?

As COD says, “Tragedy comes in threes.”

Fallon on December 8, 2010 at 1:28 PM

So shall we take this paranoia party seriously and think that the Kremlin wants Assange to get a Nobel Prize? Well, RT is funded mainly by the Russian government, not exactly known for its tolerance of heterodox opinions in the media, so it seems that’s the story it would like to circulate. They may want Assange to get it posthumously, however.

I think you may be right Ed. I saw those links on the other fellers who were poisoned with thallium. Assange is no friend of the Russians and the Russians are in no eagerness to give him any “award” as we know it.

ted c on December 8, 2010 at 1:35 PM

The Nobel Prize is a joke….so that Russia can pick him off without getting blamed for it.

search4truth on December 8, 2010 at 1:36 PM

We’ll see if the Russians still want to give Pansy-boy a Nobel Peace Prize after it comes out that Putin was caught in a hotel room with a couple of goats, and wearing just a scuba mask, swim fins, and a pink lace teddy.

Dopenstrange on December 8, 2010 at 1:22 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gary4205 on December 8, 2010 at 1:39 PM

I guess I’m more concerned that RT TV is commonly available on hotel TV systems in NYC. I know NYC has a huge number of Russian residents and visitors but. . . a little odd.

vinman on December 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Assange is an anarchist punk. Funny photoshop.

NTWR on December 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I’ll duck after typing this…
He earned it far more than Obama ever did… or will.
/head down

RalphyBoy on December 8, 2010 at 1:50 PM

He could trip off of a curb and get hit by a taxi, and of course, it would be Moussad or CIA.

Maybe he’ll get what is coming to him while he’s locked up.

tru2tx on December 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM

New York Times Today: Hey, let’s nominate Assange for a Pulitzer Prize!

Really not a stretch.

MNHawk on December 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Hey why not? It’s already lost any meaning. Barry still has to do something to earn his.

GarandFan on December 8, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Covering their a$$es.

Ward Cleaver on December 8, 2010 at 2:09 PM

I say give him the Nobel. At least he has done something.

/s

mwdiver on December 8, 2010 at 2:39 PM

The Nobel can be utterly meaningless at times, so why not?

joejm65 on December 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Well if BO can get one of those for doing NOTHING, then why not?

jbh45 on December 8, 2010 at 2:44 PM

This comes from Russia, the most recent temporary democracy to come and go.

Assange should get the Polonium Prize.

Akzed on December 8, 2010 at 3:28 PM

So that “reset” button thing is really paying off big time!

MJBrutus on December 8, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Anybody who catches Hillary Clinton red-handed can’t be all bad. The last person on to Hillary was Vince Foster? Get the message Assange?

MaiDee on December 8, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Pravda is alive and well.

Yakko77 on December 8, 2010 at 6:26 PM