- A 2008 Ricciardone conversation with Mubarak which includes the following characterization of Gamal:
Mubarak also offered insights into the character of his younger son, Gamal, whom he described as a perfectionist from childhood. "As a schoolboy, if I gave him a notebook with one line that was not straight, he would throw a fit and demand a new one," Mubarak laughed. Furthermore, Gamal is "idealistic" and "punctual." Mubarak added, "If he (Gamal) says, 'meet me for lunch at 2:00,' he means 2:00. Set your watch by it."
I think that these cables bear out what I've said previously: classified or not, there's not much new here for those who've been discussing this stuff for years, though the personal anecdote is both a nice touch and makes Gamal seem a bit strange. The potential successors, the personalities involved, etc. are all pretty well known. But it's interesting to see it in an official document, of course.