Reuters reports that, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has prostate cancer that has spread to other organs. Eighty-seven-year-old Mugabe, who has been in power since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980, has previously denied rumors that he was dying of cancer and had suffered a stroke.

In the cable dated June 2008 and written by James D. McGee, the former U.S. ambassador in Harare, Zimbabwe's Central Bank governor Gideon Gono was cited as saying the cancer could lead to Mugabe's death in three to five years.

"Gideon Gono, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, told the ambassador … that President Robert Mugabe has prostate cancer that has metastasized and, according to doctors, will cause his death in three to five years," the cable said.

The Zimbabwean government and Mugabe's office was not immediately available for comment.

Although there have been numerous reports over the past decades on Mugabe's health, he has no publicly known serious ailment but underwent cataract surgery in Singapore in February.

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