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WikiLeaks on Latin America: Clinton asks personal questions about Argentina's Kirchners

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A secret U.S. diplomatic cable published by Wikileaks reveals requests by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the mental health and decision-making style of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The cable bearing Clinton's name was dated Dec. 31, 2009, and sent to the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires. It asks:

How is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner managing her nerves and anxiety? How does stress affect her behavior toward advisors and/or her decisionmaking? What steps does Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner or her advisers/handlers, take in helping her deal with stress? Is she taking any medications? Under what circumstances is she best able to handle stresses? How do Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's emotions affect her decisionmaking and how does she calm down when distressed?

The cable also inquires about the health and decision-making style of Nestor Kirchner, Fernandez's husband and the former president. Nestor Kirchner died suddenly late last month. In the 2009 cable, questions then turn to the interpersonal dynamic between the two Kirchners.

"How do Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Nestor Kirchner divide up their day?" it asks. "On which issues does Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner take the lead and which issues does she leave to Nestor Kirchner?"

Clinton made no direct reference to any specific leaked cables in statements she made on Monday at the State Department in Washington, and no statements in response to the leaked cable were reported Monday from Fernandez de Kirchner in Argentina.

-- Daniel Hernandez in Mexico City

Photo: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Buenos Aires on March 1. Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

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Hen to hen.

And the Hilary hen's questions and prying surely reflect her relationship with the "big dog" Bill, who is still around but should have been embarrassingly forgotten as soon as he was mercifully out of office (and impeached).

Obviously Bill and Hilary had an "arrangement" and "understanding" of his long term and continuing behavior, going all the way back to Arkansas and before. She was "in" on the whole thing, of course, although she quickly played the surprised and injured spouse. Now we have to endure her at the State Department, hopefully not for much longer.

Thank fortune the Obamas have brought some respect and decent behavior (refreshingly free of womanizing, Whitewater frauds, suicides, jail time for refusal to testify, etc) to the White House owned by the American people.

Not seeing a lot here, seem like general questions, unless you're Relugus the Repulicant.

I fail to see your claims of Hillary's paranoia. I think is good business sense to know what's the mental state of a world leader.
Besides, we don't really know, how previous administrations gathered such mundane information. But, my gut feeling is, much in the same manner.

Hilary Clinton is clearly someone you cannot trust at all. What a creepy, paranoid control freak.
What, pray tell, does how the Kirchner's divide up their day have to do with national security?
What sort of way is that to spend taxpayer's money?

The thing that emerges from these leaks is the pettiness, the utter waste of taxpayer's money on paranoid snooping.


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