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WikiLeaks cable: Boris Johnson's career 'defies the laws of political gravity', say US officials

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On 14 July, the world was still digesting the fact that former London mayor and pro-Brexit conservative Boris Johnson had been assigned the role of Foreign Secretary in Prime Minister Theresa May's new cabinet.

That means, for better or worse, Johnson is suddenly the minister responsible for the activities of MI6 and GCHQ while also having to represent the UK in its numerous dealings abroad.

However, based on one leaked diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks in 2011, it's clear that Boris Johnson has been on the political radar of the US government for years.

In the memo, from the time of the 2008 mayoral election, Johnson is branded "gaffe-prone, but popular."

The memo, dated 16 April 2008 and sent from US diplomatic officials in London to the US Secretary of State's office, provides additional insight into how nations profile key characters such as high-profile politicians.

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