Hinting at the impending Prince Andrew scandal as well as the best written novels could, WikiLeak’s latest release of U.S. documents has landed this British Royal in the prying eye of the international press. Find out what caused the sudden interest, plus pictures and video below!
Acting as a U.K. trade envoy with the United States, documents released this week revealed that the British Royal shocked the Americans with his “rude behaviour abroad.” But he wasn’t the only one outed by this unprecedented release.
While the Prince Andrew scandal is vague at best for right now, much more detail was given about the U.S. opinion of other world leaders . French President Nicolas Sarkozy was described as an “emperor with no clothes” after the familiar children’s story, and the documents said he “has a thin-skinned and authoritarian personal style.” Not a shining review, but no where near as bad as these next leaders! Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi was said to be “feckless, vain, and ineffective as a modern European leader” mainly due to his “frequent late nights and penchant for partying hard.”
Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai is said to be “driven by paranoia” and otherwise said to be “an extremely weak man who did not listen to facts but was instead easily swayed by anyone who came to report even the most bizarre stories or plots against him.”
Russia’s Vladimir Putin was described as “Batman” and president Medvedev was described as his “Robin.” Iran’s President Amhadinejad was described to be “Like Hitler.”
Obviously hugely damaging to U.S. foreign policy, the release was condemned in the strongest terms by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
“By releasing stolen and classified documents, WikiLeaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals,” he said.“We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information.”
While it’s certainly amusing to hear about the small indiscretions such as the Prince Andrew scandal, the worry is that the release of such private documents is more harmful than helpful to global security. What do you think about this issue? Is WikiLeaks doing the world a service by keeping the U.S. in check? Or are the actions by the website irresponsible? Check out pictures and video on the story below, and then let me know your thoughts in the comment section!
Photos: www.wenn.com/ Photo Pool/Anwar Hussein Collection