Leaks Shows U.S. Condescension Toward Berlusconi
LINDA WERTHEIMER, Host:
NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome that a new batch of confidential cables released by the website WikiLeaks describes the Italian leader as a laughingstock, but also very useful for American national interests.
SYLVIA POGGIOLI: Analyst Franco Pavoncello says the cables show an excellent grasp of the situation.
FRANCO PAVONCELLO: The embassy certainly did its homework. Most of the kind of stuff that came from the consul general of Naples about the inefficiency of the government vis-ÃÂ -vis organized crime, I think that these are all good assessments of this country.
POGGIOLI: Franco Pavoncello.
PAVONCELLO: That is certainly something that they don't understand in terms of where Italy wants to go. And certainly, you know, this is an aspect that has been discussed and analyzed quite extensively also in Italy. You know, why is it that there is this strong personal affinity and congeniality between the two leaders?
POGGIOLI: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.
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