" (When asked whether he had discussed (SISMI-Gate) at the G8 summit with President Bush, Italy's new Prime Minister Romano Prodi quipped that Bush probably doesn't even know "the initials" of Italy's spy agency, Sismi.) But this is Italy's Watergate. It has already revealed in unprecedented detail the anatomy of an extraordinary rendition. And it raises serious doubts about the Bush administration's "just trust us" insistence that behind the veil of secrecy, espionage is an honest, upstanding business.lovely SNAP by prodi. if he's willing to trash PreznitBlinky like in public, i suspect that he might be happy to use other tools in his arsenal to, ahem, restrict the POTUS. Fun!
The head of Sismi, Nicolo Pollari, has escaped arrest thus far. But he is alleged to have personally run the secret spy shop, and his assurances earlier this year that he knew nothing of the Omar rendition appear less credible every day. More troubling still, last Friday, a security official at Telecom Italia named Adamo Bove, who had been assisting Spataro's team in monitoring Mancini's phone, left his Naples apartment, telling his wife he had to run an errand, and threw himself off a highway overpass. Police have launched an investigation into what they're calling "instigation to suicide."
It will take time for investigators to determine what happened to Bove, and to sift through the secret dossiers removed from Via Nazionale. But already one thing is clear: The secrecy surrounding the espionage profession is a constant temptation to corruption."
* i'm not sure if i pointed to this before - but don and damien are discussing the 911/pentagon thing here. i don't really have a position on it - but there appears to be some questions. xymphora is of the 'no plane' ilk - and the lack of footage is odd - and i cant even get my head around the fact that the end of the moussaoiu trial appears to have somehow been a green light to release a whole bunch of new stuff - from pentagon footage to the latest tapes that we've seen today.