Written by on December 14, 2010 in Tenerife News - No comments

Wikileaks seems to be reaching far and wide. With Spain not being avoided, it revealed that 57 per cent of Spaniards considered politics beneficial. More identifying themselves as socialists approved of the leaks than conservatives but politics apart, new disclosures at the beginning of this week were eagerly digested by the public. 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 danger.

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 disclosed.

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.