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Post  Mydhunam on 02.12.10 7:00

http://www.rediff.com/news/slide-show/slide-show-1-what-america-thinks-of-world-leaders/20101129.htm

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.

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'.

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.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il is described as a 'flabby old chap' who suffers from 'physical and psychological trauma'.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is described as a 'crazy old man'.

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'.

American diplomats' scorn for Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is evident by the way the confidential cables describe him. Karzai is said to be a 'paranoid and extremely weak' leader who 'does not listen to facts'.
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Post  Manahuna on 05.12.10 18:10

On July 6, 2010, Private Bradley Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst with the United States Army in Baghdad, was charged with disclosing this video (after allegedly speaking to an unfaithful journalist). The whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a 'hero'. He is currently imprisoned in Kuwait. The Apache crew and those behind the cover up depicted in the video have yet to be charged. To assist Private Manning, please see bradleymanning.org.

5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.




The military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured.

After demands by Reuters, the incident was investigated and the U.S. military concluded that the actions of the soldiers were in accordance with the law of armed conflict and its own "Rules of Engagement".

Consequently, WikiLeaks has released the classified Rules of Engagement for 2006, 2007 and 2008, revealing these rules before, during, and after the killings.

WikiLeaks has released both the original 38 minutes video and a shorter version with an initial analysis. Subtitles have been added to both versions from the radio transmissions.

WikiLeaks obtained this video as well as supporting documents from a number of military whistleblowers.

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