2008 Pentagon study says Putin has 'an autistic disorder'

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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A 2008 study from a Pentagon think tank, written by an expert in movement pattern analysis, speculated that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, "an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions."

The report was obtained by USA Today through a Freedom of Information Act request. In 2008, Brenda Connors, an expert in movement pattern analysis at the U.S. Naval War College, and her colleagues were contractors for the Office of Net Assessment, an internal Pentagon think tank that creates long-term military strategy. In a study, Connors wrote that Putin's "neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy," and after watching his movement, it was determined "the Russian president carries a neurological abnormality."

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