Thursday, March 31, 2011

Assange is the leading international third best valued by the Spanish

Madrid .- The founder of the website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, is the leading international third best valued by the Spanish between the figures included in the latest Elcano Royal Institute's Barometer (BRIE), which tops the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama. Merkel achieved a score of 6.7 out of 10, a tenth more than Obama, which exceeds six tenths Assange.

Javier Noya, principal investigator of the area of Spain's International Image and Public Opinion, said during the presentation of study that Assange is placed third in Spanish means that you support for publishing embarrassing information that has bothered many governments and politicians.

But it can also reveal, he added, "problems of leadership" that exist in international politics. Assange behind lie the European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, the president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, the British prime minister, David Cameron, the French head of state, Nicolas Sarkozy, the head of European diplomacy, Catherine Ashton, and the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.

Respondents gave those leaders a note of between 5 and 5.5. But others do not get that approved, as the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández (4.9), that of Chile, Sebastian Piñeira (4.8), and Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos (4.2). The worst score is, in this order, the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez (2.1), the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (2.4), the president of Cuba Raul Castro (2.6), and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (2.7).

According Noya, the fact that Merkel tops the list despite its pressure has helped the Spanish government has made numerous cuts to cope with the economic situation may be that the Spanish view that Germany "is doing very well" in the economic sphere and, therefore, perceive the Chancellor as a leader "capable and effective." Impact of WikileaksEl BRIE also reveals that the majority of Spanish (63%) believe that Assange has brought to light the dirty laundry of many governments.

For two out of three, which has made Wikileaks is good because it allows the public to know the intricacies of democracy, but more than half (55%) thought that forces the rulers to be more ethical. However, fewer are going to believe that greater transparency on foreign policy (46%) or that will change the way we do diplomacy (37).

For a 28% to post the contents of hundreds of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables, Assange has endangered the security of this country. 20% do not appreciates the work he has revealed secrets that should not have been made public and 23% see it as a crime to be pursued. In any case, Wikileaks revelations have been a surprise, which can be deduced that the previous image was not good diplomacy.

More than half said that the published documents have not changed his view of diplomacy. The poll, released Wednesday, was conducted by telephone interviews with 1,200 adults throughout the country from 15 February to 9 March. It has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.9% for data covering the entire sample and a confidence interval of 95.5%.

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