Americans are not known for being backward at coming forward so it's highly amusing that files released under Freedom of Information and obtained by the Sunday Herald reveal that US consular officials thought him "flippant, brash and (an even worse insult in US terms than being called a liberal) a self confessed socialist."
To be fair to Salmond, they also described him as a dazzling debater, charismatic and the SNP's best electoral asset, none of which even his most implacable opponents could put up much of an argument against.
Salmond's spin doctor's response to this was to claim that if the consulate staff had a vote, they would have used it for him. I presume that was said with tongue wedged firmly in cheek!
It's quite funny that the information that the Herald has reproduced has effectively been the tittle tattle. I can't imagine that the Nationalists' participation in peace demos and opposition to nuclear weapons at Faslane (both stances I support, so I'm not slagging them) would have done anything other than freak a Republican administration out completely and the article glosses over this - unless there's more to come.