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Saudi King Was Popping Viagra at 92

And he's 10 years older than we thought: WikiLeaks telegram
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 8, 2011 2:45 PM CDT
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah receives U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the king's Riyadh Palace on April 6, 2011, in Riyadh.   (AP Photo/Chip Somodevilla, Pool)

(Newser) – Saudi Arabia’s king isn’t letting age slow him down—even if he’s a decade older than the US thought he was. Even at 92, he hadn’t given up on romance, though he needed a little boost from Viagra, a WikiLeaks release shows. The US State Department telegram from 2008 says King Abdullah was born in 1916; at the time of the telegram, he remained a smoker and got regular hormone shots, it said.

The information in the telegram came from a Western health expert involved with the Saudi royal family, Ynet reports. The source was in Saudi Arabia to care for one of Abdullah’s wives, but in a mix-up, he got the king’s records. Before getting the telegram, the US had guessed that Abdullah’s age was between 82 and 87. (Read more Saudi Arabia stories.)

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