...U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates... is quoted telling his French counterpart that "Russian democracy has disappeared and the government was an oligarchy run by the security services."This is my shocked face.
Seriously, that's like using a secure channel to tell someone that you think water might be wet.
The really amusing part is that Putin responded with some petulant "I know you are, but what am I?" nonsense. I mean, everybody knows Putin's a crook, but I'd always figured he'd be better than that at pulling a poker face.