WikiLeaks documents: five world leaders disparaged by US diplomats

World leaders back-slap like old friends at summit meetings. But behind the bonhomie they may be judging each other with the brutal candor of high school students sizing up rivals.

2. Libya's Muammar Qaddafi

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Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi attends the opening session of the one-day Arab League summit in Sirte, Libya, on October 9.

Longtime Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s reputation as the most mercurial dictator of his era may only be enhanced by WikiLeaks' revelations. One cable reports that Mr. Qaddafi was very unhappy when denied permission to set up his Bedouin-style tent in suburban New York during a recent visit to the US for the opening of the UN General Assembly.

Another cable centers on a quartet of four female Ukrainian nurses rumored to travel with Qaddafi to see to his health.

“[Qaddafi] relies heavily on his long-time Ukrainian nurse, Galyna Kolotnytska, who has been described as a ‘voluptuous blonde’ ... [Qaddafi] cannot travel without Kolotnytska, as she alone ‘knows his routine,’ ” reports the US diplomatic cable.

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