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A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press.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).

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Shorter Nigergate

Editorial opinion in today's Repubblica:

...It is evident that it is not SISMI which is at the crux of this affair. Nicolò Pollari, like CIA Director George Tenet, provided his "boss" with what he wanted: manipulated intelligence. At the crux of this affair are the actions of a government which, four years down the road after the first report on the Made in Rome forgeries (15 October 2001), now denies its role in a travesty which has led to the death of 20 thousand Iraqis, 2,000 American troops and 33 members of Italian contingent in Nassiriya.

This is Nigergate--a political scandal. It is not the work of the hoax-peddling snake oil salemen of the "Italian Job" nor a squabble among institutions (as former minister Francesco Cossiga and the center-Left would have us to believe), nor the misguided initiative of an intelligence agency director....


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