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    Barack Obama in open microphone gaffe with Dmitry Medvedev

    Nick Furry

    by Nick Furry

    It sounded like the dialogue from a bad spy film.

    "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility."

    "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir."

    But in fact it was a exchange between President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, accidentally caught on an open microphone as they discussed apparently deadlocked talks on a missile shield - and it quickly lodged itself in the American presidential campaign debate.