WikiLeaks: Italian PM's partying left him 'a complete mess'
December 2nd, 2010
02:26 PM ET

WikiLeaks: Italian PM's partying left him 'a complete mess'

The partying lifestyle of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had left him "a complete mess" by the fall of 2009, according to a Berlusconi confidant quoted in a U.S. diplomatic cable.

The leaked cable was sent by Ambassador David Thorne on October 27, 2009, and suggested "a growing list of scandals, adverse court decisions and health issues have weakened him; and led some erstwhile Berlusconi allies to begin hedging their bets on his political longevity."

The cable quoted a senior Italian offcial as saying that Berlusconi was "physically and politically weak." And it said that a longtime Berlusconi friend, Giampiero Cantoni, had told a U.S. diplomat that, "We are all worried about his health" and that his recent medical tests had come back "a complete mess."

The cable continues: "Cantoni said Berlusconi's frequent late nights and penchant for partying hard mean he does not get sufficient rest. (Note: Berlusconi dozed off briefly during the Ambassador's initial courtesy call in September and looked distracted and tired at an October 19 event attended by the Ambassador. End note.)"

Cantoni is also quoted in the cable as saying that Berlusconi was "overwhelmed with private concerns," including a bitter divorce from his wife Veronica Lario, who had published an open letter months earlier accusing the 74-year old PM of consorting with minors. Berlusconi denied any improper behavior.


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  1. Homer Simpson

    italian sausage anyone?

    December 2, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Spuds Mackenzie

    Yea we partied all the time man mostly we celebrated bush being out of office

    December 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Veritas

    Who gives a rats a$$?

    December 2, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Can we cut the Tea Party lingo,Veritas? It has no place here. Besides,this creep Berlusconi is an unfeeling thug with no moral values just like the rest of Europe's contemporary leaders. It appears that moral principles have become a thing of the past,sadly enough.

      December 3, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Drew

    This article fails to mention that Silvio is being considered as a new house mate to the Jersey Shore crew. In a seperate cable from a top diplomat, Snookie was quoted as being "stoked" that the 74 yr old Italian pm was going to be in the house and looks forward to partying with him on the next season.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ernie

    Must have taken lessons from Mr. Clinton, but he is to old for that 'stupidity'.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel

    This creep Berlusconi has got to go. He's even worse than the Mafia leaders he's persecuting and values nothing not to mention the fact that he's a racist to boot!!! Give me Mussolini instead,please!

    December 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @Veritas. Hi................................. @Homer. I've tasted Italian sausage in Chicago, really good. It's more of a shredded beef sandwich. Man, those people know how to eat.

    December 2, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Reynardine Greencastle

    Was this before or after he got crossways of the Milan Cathedral?

    December 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Victor Hess

    Gloria Borger and James Rubin are the same person. Look at them!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thomas

    Ehhh, Ive been there a time or two Mr. PM.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Veritas

    @DanielI am not and never will be one of those teabagger morons running around causing unrest in a country i love. i had no idea that the statement who gives a rats a&& was exclusive to them since i've been saying it since i was a kid. Also @daniel who died and made you the boss of the blogs and mousselini was a war criminal guilty of much more than partying too much. maybe you should shut the hole your talking out of and give your a&& a rest. HI Ceasar how are you my friend?!

    December 3, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Veritas

    Musselini and his wife we hung with piano wire in the middle of town naked by thier own people as it should be one mess the US didnt have to clean up. @daniel as far as your opinions go WHO GIVES A RATS A&&!? dont attack me with your paranoia laden remarks i am a patriotic American. you are an idiot with dillusions of power much like burlusconi and musselini

    December 3, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Veritas

    @Daniel how many people has burlusconi killed? musselini was the creator of facism. You know that thing holding up the corner of your couch that is called a BOOK try opening it and reading whats inside.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    If the wiki were around in Mussolini's day, he would have survived. The Italianpeople would have been more upset with the guy who revealed the Fascist's activities than they would have been with Mussolini .

    December 3, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Veritas

    Where is jim brieske when we need him? JIMMY COME HOME!

    December 3, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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