Whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.org released a series of cables Sunday which reveal conversations between U.S. Embassies and the U.S. State Department, amongst them also conversations from the U.S. Embassy in Madrid.
The classified documents reveal diplomatic frictions between Spain and the United States. According to one cable, the victory of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in 2004, was due to “poor management” by the Partido Popular after the 11-M terrorist attacks in Madrid.
The leaks also reveal how the King Don Juan Carlos is see as an “especially valued” figure as opposed to the “poor impression” created by some members of the Spanish government.
Out of the 250,000 leaked documents, 3,620 are from the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, 103 of which are secret, 898 confidential, and 2,619 as unclassified.
According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, 53 of the cables take reference to ex-president Jose Maria Aznar.