December 11th, 2010
05:34 PM ET
From Mary Grace Lucas CNN
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama spent some time Saturday morning on the phone reaffirming relationships with two key allies whose leaders popped up in unflattering U.S. State Department cables leaked by the WikiLeaks website.
In separate phone calls with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Obama discussed the "deplorable actions by WikiLeaks" and worked for reassurance the revelations wouldn't harm cooperation between nations, according to White House statements.
In a December 2004 cable, the U.S. ambassador in Ankara, Turkey at the time said Erdogan had an "authoritarian style and deep distrust of others" and "Islamic tendencies." Erdogan's aides were described as "sycophantic (but contemptuous)."
Leaked cables referencing Mexico suggest that the United States has doubts about the way Calderon's government is carrying out the fight against drug cartels.
A January 2010 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico says that "official corruption is widespread." It also said that much-needed information sharing between local law enforcement agencies battling the deadly drug cartels was problematically rare.