Crazy, Alpha Dog, Flabby: What America thinks of world leaders
The confidential United States documents released by WikiLeaks contain some very interesting and informative comments about world leaders, made reportedly by staffers at US embassies across the world. Let's take a look..
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is said to have hosted numerous 'wild parties' to cover his physical and political weaknesses.
American diplomats, who interacted with him during their postings in Rome, describe Berlusconi as a 'feckless, vain, and ineffective' leader in modern Europe.
They also accuse him of having "frequent late nights". "The penchant for partying hard meant that he never got sufficient rest," they add.
Image: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
'Emperor without clothes'
According to the Daily Mail, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is described in the US cables as being thin-skinned and authoritarian in personal style.
He was also described as an 'Emperor without clothes'.
Image: French President Nicolas Sarkozy
'Accompanied by a voluptuous blonde Ukranian nurse'
Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi is described as 'strange' and 'accompanied by a voluptuous blonde Ukranian nurse'.
He never travels anywhere without his nurse as she alone 'knows his entire routine'. Some of the cables also hint at a romantic relationship between the leader and the much younger nurse.
Image: Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi
'Flabby old chap'
Image: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il
'Crazy old man'
Image: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is described as an 'Alpha Dog'. The cables also express concern about links between the Russian government and organised crime.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev plays 'Robin' to 'Putin's Batman', said the cables, adding that the premier was 'pale and hesitant'.
Image: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
'Paranoid and extremely weak'
Image: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai