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Sat February 19, 2011
Europe

Leaks Shows U.S. Condescension Toward Berlusconi

A new trove of WikiLeaks cables concerning Italy has been released by Italian media and shows U.S. officials regard Prime Minister Sylvio Berlusconi as something of a clown. While his relations with Russia's Vladimir Putin cause concern, his lack of gravitas is seen as useful for American interests since Italy is a unique geostrategic platform for U.S. forces operating in the Middle East and Africa.

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