The Spanish press reported
that Wikileaks learnt that King Juan Carlos was well-disposed towards the
United States and a formidable ally but would always do what he saw as best for
Spain, according to Eduardo Aguirre during his time as Spanish ambassador.

The president, Jose Luis
Rodriguez Zapatero was an astute politician of surprising ability, Zapatero was
compared to a “feline in the jungle” who was able to sniff out opportunities or

Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba,
vice-president and Interior minister was very capable, serious, charming and
the most impressive member of the government according to other information.

Public Works Minister Jose
Blanco was regarded with less esteem and not only “left a bad taste in the
mouth” but was not considered trustworthy as he never looked anybody in the eye
when shaking hands, revealed one source.

Minister of Defence, Carme
Chacon was “young and inexperienced” and concentrated too much on minor details
but should not be underestimated and would grow into the job another document

Jose Alonso, who in the
past occupied the ministries of Defence and the Interior and is now government
spokesman was singled out as a childhood friend of Zapatero’s and “very loyal”
to him.

Former Foreign minister
Miguel Angel Moratinos was unpredictable and tended to shout at ambassadors but
was “well-meaning” although self-centred.

Bernardino Leon, a junior
Cabinet Office minister was the government’s “golden boy”, the Speaker of the
Lower House Jose Bone was a “media bloodhound”

Both government and
opposition have minimised the Wikileaks documents, dismissing them as
subjective appraisals by ambassadors following private conversations although
55 per cent of the public told Metroscopia that America
exerted too much pressure in Spain.


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