Russian Vladimir Putin has autism specifically defined as Asperger’s syndrome, according to a classified research conducted for the Pentagon.
The condition made it hard for the president to handle activities involving large crowd or gathering.
“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 quite,” Dr. Stephen Porges was cited as saying in the 2011 report obtained by USA Today.
Porges advised for U.S. officials to choose locations that are quieter if they would want to successfully interact with Mr Putin. People with such condition have the tendency to be defensive in large gatherings as revealed by their tensed behavior and facial expressions, the doctor said.
Behavioral analysis of Mr Putin was conducted by researchers contracted for the Office of Net Assessment or ONA. ONA is an in-house think tank working for the Pentagon and is helping the Defense Department to strategize its military operations.
In the report, expert Brenda Connors concluded that Mr Putin’s “neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy.” Connors is an expert in movement pattern analysis at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, according to the USA Today.
“The Russian President carries a neurological disorder,” Connor was quoted as writing after her comprehensive analysis of Mr Putin’s movement.
However, the report came with a disclaimer: the researchers involved cannot prove their theory because a brain scan of Mr Putin is needed to do so. The report had just cited analysis by autism experts as source for their study. USA Today did not find out whether Pentagon acted on the information.
Porges, whom USA Today was able to reached, said he had not gotten hold of the final report. With this, he “would back off saying he [Putin] has Asperger’s,” USA Today said.
The study of Mr Putin’s behavior was conducted in 2008 and the report came in 2011. The timeline was strange as the U.S and the European Union have only begun putting Mr Putin under watch following his annexation of Crimea in March of 2014.