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2008 Pentagon Study: Putin Has Asperger's Syndrome

By    |   Wednesday, 04 Feb 2015 10:31 PM

A 2008 Pentagon think-tank study concluded Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, "an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions," USA Today reports.

Putin's "neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy," wrote Brenda Connors, an expert in movement pattern analysis at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., the newspaper reports."[T]he Russian President carries a neurological abnormality."

Researchers can't prove their theory about Putin and Asperger's, the report said, because they weren't] able to get a brain scan on the Russian president.The report cites work by autism specialists as backing their findings.

USA Today obtained the report through a Freedom of Information Act request, and reported it wasn't known whether if the government acted on its findings.

The findings of the report were made public last year, but the Pentagon did not previously release the actual document.

U.S. officials could foster better relations with "the information-craving" Putin with "meaty policy research and white papers," Connors recommended.

"Putin the private decision-maker cannot be expected to enter into public exchanges with others on information interpretation or a final course of action," she wrote.

Though the report cites Dr. Stephen Porges, a University of North Carolina psychiatry professor, as concluding "Putin carries a form of autism," Porges told USA Today Wednesday he'd had never seen the finished report and "would back off saying he has Asperger's."

Instead, Porges said, his analysis was U.S. officials needed to find quieter settings in which to deal with Putin, whose behavior and facial expressions reveal someone who is defensive in large social settings, the newspaper reports.

"If you need to do things with him, you don't want to be in a big state affair but more of one-on-one situation someplace somewhere quiet," he said.

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A 2008 Pentagon think-tank study concluded Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, "an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions," USA Today reports.
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