Sunday, December 04, 2005

t r u t h o u t - FBI Is Taking Another Look at Forged Pre-War Intelligence

italy has fallen out badly with Bushco after the killing of one of its agents in Iraq.
CIA spooks have been chased and maybe even arreested for their extraordinary renditions.

Now the FBI is being urged to look further into the roots of the Niger uranium forgeries so vital to the selling of war.

One thing is pretty certain, we won't find the tuth.

t r u t h o u t - FBI Is Taking Another Look at Forged Pre-War Intelligence: "A senior FBI official said the bureau's initial investigation found no evidence of foreign government involvement in the forgeries. But the FBI did not interview Martino, a central figure in a parallel drama unfolding in Rome.

In late October, Martino told the Los Angeles Times through his lawyer that he did not realize that the documents were forged.

Recent accounts in the Italian press said that Martino, a businessman and former freelance spy who was fired from the Italian military intelligence agency, obtained the documents from a female friend who worked at Niger's embassy in Rome. Martino has said he was working with a more senior Italian intelligence agent, Col. Antonio Nucero, and peddled the documents to French intelligence and eventually, in 2002, to Italian journalist Elisabetta Burba.

Burba, a reporter for the magazine Panorama, later told The Times that she was angry that the fraudulent documents 'had been used to justify a war.' The magazine is owned by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a close U.S. ally and supporter of the Iraq invasion.

Last month, Martino was further implicated when Nicolo Pollari, the head of Italian military intelligence, denied that his agency was involved in fabricating the documents. Instead, Pollari told the parliamentary intelligence committee that the dossier came from Martino.

The agency soon realized the documents were fake, Pollari said, according to legislators who were at the meeting. Although Martino's role has long been known, it remains unclear whom he was working with and whether the entire scheme was his idea alone.

After the Pollari testimony, Martino was quoted in an Italian newspaper as saying that he was working for the intelligence agency and not on his own. He acknowledged his role of 'postman,' as he put it, but said that his instructions were coming from Nucero.

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