Possible Cocaine addiction symptoms. Mr. Saad Hariri psychological analysis from WIKILEAKS

0 Possible Cocaine addiction symptoms. Mr. Saad Hariri psychological analysis from WIKILEAKSMr Saad Hariri psychological analysis from WIKILEAKS, including the mention of several Cocaine addition symptoms in analyzing Mr Hariri’s personality :


date: 6/13/2006 14:47

HARIRI’S PERSONALITY
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2. (C/NF) Hariri is open, engaged, generally warm and
friendly, and easily accessible (when he is in Beirut) to USG
officials. With his Georgetown University education and
fluent, colloquial English, he easily adopts an
American-style approach to visiting Americans (while
affecting a more “Saudi” demeanor to traditional Arab
visitors, or so we have been told). He is also prone to
quick anger, especially when facing criticism. When angry,
he tends to sulk and cut off discussions. He is particularly
sensitive to any whiff of patronizing attitudes on the part
of those whom he suspects of seeing him as inexperienced. We
note, however, that he often shifts course after hearing
criticism, suggesting to us that, whatever his initial
discomfort, he mulls over even those messages he does not
like.

3. (C/NF) His attention span is fairly short, with his mind
quickly digesting broad outlines of subjects and racing from
one topic to the next. It is rare for him to stay on one
topic for more than a few minutes at a time, and he often
engages in “multi-tasking” — flipping through channels on a
flat screen TV (which, like so many Hariri possessions, is
supersized), clipping cigars, paging aides, all while keeping
track of the discussion at hand. Unlike his father, who
consistently mantained a poker face that masked his true
feelings, the younger Hariri is expressive. Like his father,
however, he exudes supreme self-confidence, often saying, in
reassuring tones, “Don’t worry,” when questioned about
tactics. Many accuse him of overconfidence, in fact, while
others (playing the game of amateur shrinks) argue that his
projection of supreme confidence is a mask for insecurity at
discovering himself in a political leadership position thrust
unexpectedly upon him.

4. (C/NF) We have noticed that Hariri becomes impatient in
particular when two general subjects are raised: first,
other prominent Sunni figures in Lebanon, and, second,
Christian perceptions of excessive Sunni/Hariri power and
ambitions. When we suggest, for example, that he have more
high-profile consultations with Tripoli MPs like Mohammed
Safadi or Mosbah al-Ahdab (two Sunnis who are allied with,
but not formally part of, Hariri’s Future Movement), he is
dismissive. “I am the Sunni leader of Tripoli,” he once told
us (although whether out of misguided conviction or out of
bluster we do not know) when we suggested that his neglect of
Tripoli’s Sunnis might allow pro-Syrians to fill the vacuum
– as seems now to be happening.
5. (C/NF) As for the Christian fears (also present during
his father’s lifetime) that Hariri’s stupendous wealth and
power allows him (or even compels him) to increase Sunni (or,
to quote paranoid Christians, “Saudi”) power in Lebanon at
the Christians’ expense, he accuses the Maronites of being
simultaneously demanding and paranoid. He dismisses, for
example, as exaggeration the many Christian complaints
(including from Maronite Patriarch Sfeir) about the high
ratio of recent Sunni appointments in the Internal Security
Forces. We learned more recently from first-hand experience
that Hariri also refuses to discuss the negative perception
left on the Christians and on UNIIIC Chief Serge Brammertz by
one of his closest advisors. We wonder if this indicates an
inability to look honestly at the quality of his inner
circle. If, as some of those amateur shrinks say, he is
insecure, perhaps this insecurity prevents him from asking
whether those loyal to him are really the most valuable
advisors he could pick.

6. (C/NF) We also note that rumors constantly circulate
about Saad’s private life — numerous mistresses, unseemly
drinking habits, rambunctious behavior, etc. Since his
assumption of a public role, we have seen no evidence in
Lebanon to confirm these “wild boy” stories. Samir Ja’ja’
once remarked to us with wonder that, besides non-alcoholic
beverages, Saad served only saki rice wine at a dinner he
attended in Qoreitem. We noted a particular impressive

collection of Cheval Blanc vintages on the Hariri plane lent
to Siniora for the PM’s March Washington visit. But, if Saad
is pursuing wine, women and song these days, he is doing so
extremely discreetly in Beirut or else confining such
extracurricular activities to his frequent foreign travels.
Saad tells us that he keeps his family in Saudi Arabia rather
than Lebanon for security reasons. (According to rumors, one
reason why Saad — Rafiq’s second son — was given the
political mantle rather than Baha’, the eldest, was because
Baha’ had some personal issues that might have harmed his
political chances.)

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