CARACAS, Monday November 29, 2010 | Update
Some of the confidential diplomatic communications leaked by WikiLeaks show "efforts to woo Latin American countries to isolate Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez", Spanish newspaper El País said.
The whistleblower website disclosed 1,000 documents on Venezuela, the Spanish newspaper said.
In a communication between French and US diplomatic sources in September 2009, Jean-David Levitte, a French official, described Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez as "crazy" and said that "Brazil was not able to support him anymore."
"Unfortunately, Chávez is taking one of Latin America's richest countries and turning it into another Zimbabwe," Levitte said in a telegram disclosed by British newspaper The Guardian.
The WikiLeaks revelations also showed that the US Secretary of State asked for information about the mental health of Argentine President Cristina Fernández.
02:57 PM. HEAVY RAINS. Venezuelan Executive Vice-President Elias Jaua reported that the government is designing plans to support farmers, cattlemen and peasants of the state of Mérida who have been hit by heavy rains that have caused crop losses.