Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Italians angered by Pentagon leak re: Calipari

Update III. La Repubblica has a .pdf file of US version of the report. Calipari, btw, had the rank of Major-General.

Update II. A question...I thought satellite cameras could not "see" through cloud cover so who is doing the bad job of lying at the Pentagon? It's so dumb, it could only have come from Rummy.

Update: The Casa delle Libertà, the coalition lead by Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, is now talking about a pullout:

ROME - Italian Minister for Reforms Roberto Calderoli says the time has come to talk about accelerating Italy's timetable for pullout from Iraq. If the US patrol really observed the rules of engagement, given what happened it means that committing such "mistakes" is part of those rules. In any case, with the divergences surfacing in the report of the Joint Commission of Inquiry, the time has come for the majority government for careful and deep reflexion on the timetable for the withdrawal of our troops deployed to Iraq in a peacekeeping mission. In my house we say, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander."

Got to run...this translation from Il Corriere della Sera is on the fly.

ROME – Frustration, shock and rage. An explosive news report by the US TV network, CBS, citing anonymous sources at the Pentagon revealing the existence of a military satellite which is said to have captured and stored images of the incident in which Nicola Calipari was killed has stuck in the craw of officials in Italian government and intelligence. If these sources are genuine, then the information should be shared with Italian intelligence. They are fundamental pieces of evidence for the joint US-Italian commission of inquest. In the leak of secret intelligence passed to CBS, there was the claim that Calipari’s car was traveling at nearly 60 MPH. [Swift car liars for truth.] The Italian intelligence service SISMI rejects the claim.

Italian government officials, intelligence agents and diplomats says they are “in shock” by the “surprising coincidence” of the leak of secret information to the network by anonymous Pentagon sources with the precision of a chronometer ahead of the release of the official report of the joint commission, which had been working in harmony and “on the same page.”

What particularly surprised us is the scant attention paid to the fact that the source was anonymous. If the information is true, then it delegitimizes the purpose of the Joint Commission of Inquiry. Italians remain extremely perplexed by what represents a personal attack on Italian government and its intelligence officers.


Blogger dadmanly said...

The Italian Government is especially outraged because with evidence that the car was in fact driving at a checkpoint at a high rate of speed, it will be harder for them to plausibly claim that the U.S. soldiers involved were entirely at fault!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

How can you drive at 60 mph through an elbow curve on a rainslick road with the streetlighting knocked out with concrete barriers having constricted the lane?

The passenger lights were on so they could identify themselves if hailed.

To boot, rules of engagement say your checkpoint must be obvious, not hidden in the descending night amid vegetation.

Stop apologizing for a wrong.

10:59 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

So dadmanly, was it worth it losing 3,000 allied troops in Nassiriya? It's gonna be your beat soon. Good luck!

12:31 PM  

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