WikiLeaks: Sarkozy aide branded Venezuela's Chavez 'crazy'
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's senior diplomatic advisor branded Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez "crazy" in talks with top US officials, according to a diplomatic cable leaked Sunday.
Jean-David Levitte made the comment in talks on September 16, 2009 with US Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon, according to a copy of a US memo published on the website of the British daily the Guardian.
"Levitte observed that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is 'crazy' and said that even Brazil wasn't able to support him anymore," said the US memo, part of a vast trove of diplomatic traffic released by the WikiLeaks website.
"Unfortunately, Chavez is taking one of the richest countries in Latin America and turning it into another Zimbabwe," Levitte said, according to the US account of the meeting.
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