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WikiLeaks Documents: World Leaders, Nations React To Cablegate (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/03/10 08:40 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:15 PM ET

Though WikiLeaks' unprecedented release of U.S. classified documents has proved embarrassing both to U.S. leaders and their foreign counterparts, the diplomatic reaction to "Cablegate" has largely been one of sympathy with the Obama administration.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other officials scramble with damage control, leaders such as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have shrugged off many of the criticisms. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- who arguably got the harshest assessment when he was compared to Adolf Hitler -- is quoted as saying he failed to see value in the release of the documents.

See how many world leaders and nations responded to "Cablegate" here:

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After Vladimir Putin was referred to as an "alpha dog" and "Batman" to President Dmitry Medvedev's "Robin," the Russian premier told Larry King that Cablegate was "not a catastrophe," but added he "did not suspect that this would be expressed so arrogantly, with such rudeness and, you know, being so unethically done.”

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