Category Archives: Italy

Former CIA Sabrina de Sousa to do community service for cleric kidnap

“It looks like the White House wanted to help… And then, the ‘swamp’ kicked in.” “The Italian Intelligence Oversight Committee has contacted my lawyer in Italy asking that I come testify on a CIA operation. Several members have been pushing … Continue reading

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Introduction to Italian Intelligence Agencies — PART IV : The Mission of the Oversight Committee

“In special cases, the Committee may also summon Intelligence and Security officers, without prejudice to the power of the Prime Minister to challenge the summons on justified grounds. The Committee may hear anyone, also outside the intelligence community, who is … Continue reading

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Introduction to Italian Intelligence Agencies — PART III : The 2007 Legal Reform

“The intelligence services are forbidden from employing or commissioning advisory or co-operation services from elected politicians at the European, national, regional and local level, members of governing bodies or constitutional bodies, judges, religious ministers and journalists.” Corriere della Sera — 25.7.2007 … Continue reading

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US Historian: “CIA concluded GRU behind John Paul II assassination attempt”

“President Reagan and his CIA chief, William Casey, had suspected from the outset that the Soviets had a hand in the shooting of John Paul II on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.” Dr. Paul Kengor — … Continue reading

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Introduction to Italian Intelligence Agencies — PART II : The last scandal under the 1977 Legal Framework

“Could societies do without spies altogether? He [Italian President Francesco Cossiga] wished to know. What did I think? How was a supposed democracy to control its spies?  How should Italy control them? – as if Italy was a separate case, … Continue reading

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Introduction to Italian Intelligence Agencies — PART I : The Scandals

“Here in Italy, the possible complicity of the government of Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister at the time, is one of the most difficult issues in the case. Among the Italians indicted Friday were Nicolo Pollari, who until earlier this … Continue reading

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Italian Intel Agencies: ISIS Terrorism Risk “increasingly acute”

“Fundamentalist terrorism is spreading to a worrying degree in other areas, such as Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and Sub-Saharan Africa as well as the Balkans.” DIS — Annual Report 2016 The 2016 annual report by the Italian Department of Intelligence and … Continue reading

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CIA Covert Ops in Italy Lasted Long After the 1948 Elections (National Security Archive)

“Despite rhetoric, Eisenhower was not prepared to intervene militarily to block Communists short of forcible seizure of power.” Dr. Ronald D. Landa State Department — Office of the Historian Washington, D.C. February 7, 2017 – CIA covert aid to Italy … Continue reading

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