"TWO Italian spy chiefs were arrested yesterday and a judge issued arrest warrants for four Americans over the alleged CIA kidnapping of a terrorism suspect in Milan in 2003, officials said.holy shit.
A statement from the Milan prosecutor's office said police arrested Marco Mancini, the No2 at Italy's Sismi military intelligence agency, and were holding him in jail for his alleged role in the kidnap. Another Sismi official was placed under house arrest."
"Because of Italy's good relations and strong cooperative arrangements with the United States, it is extremely unlikely that the CIA or any other U.S. intelligence organization would have carried out rendition operations without the knowledge of at least SISMI's top official. Because of the politically sensitive nature of such operations and the potential for damage if they are made public, however, official knowledge is rarely recorded. If responsibility for the rendition can be assigned to the counterterrorism department, then SISMI's top official since 2001, Gen. Nicolo Pollari, might be able to deny knowledge of it, thereby minimizing damage to his position."imagine if the new italian government got really serious. niger-gate? marineone-gate? much fun - and it'd end up at the white-house. yay.