Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Leaks offer less-than-flattering look at some world leaders - CNN.com

Leaks offer less-than-flattering look at some world leaders - CNN.com

"Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah proposed to U.S. officials that a Bluetooth-like device be implanted in Guantanamo detainees."

"A glimpse into Libyan leader [Moammar Gadhafi's] eccentricities," there is an extensive discussion of his "various proclivities and phobias" and his almost obsessive reliance on his nurse, a woman described as a "voluptuous blonde."

Also among his quirks: Gadhafi's dislike of flying long distances, his fear of flying over water and his need to stay on the first floor of any building.

Of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, one cable gave this open assessment: "An activist on the international scene, with an opportunistic eye for grabbing attention and credit, Sarkozy will remain a challenging partner despite his desire to improve the bilateral relationship."

On Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his relationship with Russia: The Italian leader "appears increasingly to be the mouthpiece of [Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin," according to a report from the New York Times

Regarding German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "When cornered, Merkel can be tenacious but is risk-averse and rarely creative. This suggests she will remain a very circumspect ally until the election."

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