A 1,800-word dispatch, recently uncovered by Wikileaks, mused on the state-of-play in the election race and, crucially, on the personality of the woman who would later that year be elected the first female president in Brazilian history.

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In early 2010 Thomas Shannon, the US ambassador to Brazil, sent a cable to Washington offering his views on Dilma Rousseff, who was preparing to kick-off her campaign for the Brazilian presidency.

The 1,800-word dispatch, recently uncovered by Wikileaks, mused on the state-of-play in the election race and, crucially, on the personality of the woman who would later that year be elected the first female president in Brazilian history.

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