Reacting to the US embassy cables, Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati rubbishes the claims made by Wikileaks; wants Julian Assange sent to a mental asylum
Calling WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange "mad", Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati yesterday rubbished US embassy cables leaked by the online whistleblower that said she had sent a special jet to Mumbai to bring her sandals. "These reports are baselesss," Mayawati said. "The owner of Wikileaks should be sent to a mental asylum for the kind of baseless allegations his organisation had been making against me," she added.
The cables that portray her as a dictator, she said, were a ploy by vested interests to malign her image and that of her party. "They are playing into the hands of opposition parties," she said. Confidential US embassy cables leaked by WikiLeaks project Mayawati as a dictator who had food tasters to sample her meals and "a security entourage to rival a head of state".
A cable in October 2008 entitled "Mayawati: Portrait of a Lady" describes how she once dispatched a plane to fetch her favourite sandals from Mumbai. Mayawati retorted in response, "As far as I am concerned, I do not know of any such thing. But if WikiLeaks and BJP leaders are making such a wild claim, then I would like to ask them, if they also flew down in that plane to get me those special sandals?"
She also hit out at WikiLeaks and opposition leaders for propagating that she had hired a whole team of cooks and food-tasters. "It appears that some of these people are washing utensils in my kitchen, otherwise how else could they be cooking up such stories?" Mayawati asked with a smirk.