US probed Argentine leader`s "nerves": Leaked cable

US intelligence operatives wanted to know if Argentine President Cristina Kirchner was taking medication to deal with her "nerves and stress".

Last Updated: Nov 30, 2010, 13:18 PM IST

Madrid: US intelligence operatives wanted
to know if Argentine President Cristina Kirchner was taking medication to deal with her "nerves and stress" in a secret cable released by Wikileaks and published by Spanish daily El
Pais.

The State Department cable, dated New Year`s Eve of
2009 -- some 10 months ahead of her husband Nestor Kirchner`s
death -- also asked about his health and whether his temper
had turned more towards emotional extremes.

It was sent to the US embassy in Buenos Aires well
before Nestor Kirchner, who was president from 2003 to 2007
before making way for his wife, died of a heart attack October
27, 2010 at the age of 60.

In the confidential document published yesterday, the
department`s bureau of intelligence research confessed to
having a better understanding of Nestor Kirchner than of his
wife Cristina.

"How is Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner managing her
nerves and anxiety? How does stress affect her behaviour
toward advisors and/or her decision-making?" asked the message
from the bureau`s office of intelligence operations.

"What steps does Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner or her
advisers/handlers take in helping her deal with stress? Is she
taking any medications? Under what circumstances is she best
able to handle stresses? How do Cristina Fernandez de
Kirchner`s emotions affect her decision-making and how does
she calm down when distressed?" it asked.

The document also requested a status update on Nestor
Kirchner`s "gastro-intestinal illnesses and whether he was
taking any medication for the condition.

"Long known for his temper, has Nestor Kirchner demonstrated a greater tendency to shift between emotional extremes? What are the most common triggers to Nestor Kirchner`s anger?" it asked.
US intelligence researchers also delved into the
working relationship of Argentina`s first couple, asking
whether Cristina Kirchner shared her then husband`s
"adversarial view of politics or whether she attempted to
monitor his "heavy-handed political style."
"How do Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Nestor
Kirchner divide up their day? On which issues does Cristina de
Kirchner take the lead and which issues does she leave to
Nestor Kirchner?" it asked.

Bureau Report