New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange alleging that "he had either gone mad or is working with our opponents". Reacting to WikiLeaks revelations about the money spent by her, Mayawati termed the claims by the whistleblower site as wrong and baseless.
However, during her entire speech, Mayawati didn't mention the name of Julian Assange and referred to him as 'WikiLeaks owner'.
Mayawati strongly condemned the cables and demanded that the WikiLeaks owner be sent to a mental asylum.
A WikiLeaks cable had said that Mayawati sent a private jet to Mumbai to get a pair of sandals for herself.
"When she needed new sandals, her private jet flew empty to Mumbai to retrieve her preferred brand," a cable said describing her "eccentricities, whims and insecurities".
US embassy cables from 2007 to 2009 released by the WikiLeaks website describe Mayawati as "a first-rate egomaniac" who "is obsessed with becoming prime minister".
The cable also quoted Lucknow journalists claiming that she employs nine cooks (two to cook, the others to watch over them) and two food tasters.
"She fears assassination and demanded from the central government the highest level of protection available. In addition to this outsized security apparatus, she constructed a private road from her residence to her office, which is cleaned immediately after her multiple vehicle convoy reaches its destination," said the cable.
Mayawati, however, said that these stories were just an effort to tarnish her and her party's image considering that the Uttar Pradesh elections are near. "This is a conspiracy just before the elections," Mayawati said.