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***Adamo Bove, Top Investigator in Abu Omar Kidnapping Case

by de Gondi Thu Jul 27th, 2006 at 06:03:19 AM EST

Last Friday just after 12 noon, Adamo Bove fell to his death on a motorway in Naples. He had just left his wife to do some errands in town while he headed home. On an overpass he stopped his car, put on the emergency lights, and apparently jumped to his death, presumably making sure there were no oncoming vehicles on the highway some thirty meters below him.

The Naples' Public Minister, Giancarlo Novelli, opened an investigation for "instigation to commit suicide by unknown individuals." Within hours investigative police sequestered material in Bove's offices in Rome and Naples, as well as his home. The Rome PM Pietro Saviotti immediately re-entered from vacation to co-ordinate investigations in Rome. In an exceptional move the Milan Procura issued a statement denying that Bove had ever been subject to investigation or interrogated by Milan magistrates. This followed news reports that Bove had been suspected in many recent cases of wire-tapping espionage.

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Contrary to initial reports that cast doubts on his activity and personality, Adamo Bove has played a crucial investigative role in the major criminal cases that have emerged these past months.

Adamo Bove is remembered as a brilliant investigative cop who caught two major Camorra bosses in the 90's- Francesco "Sandokan" Schiavone and Mario Fabbrocino. As a leading expert on electronic surveillance, data processing and telecommunications, he was hired by Telecom to manage their Radar software system, an anti-fraud program for the mobile phone network. Bove realized that the system had a flaw that allowed hackers to enter the Telecom system without leaving a trace.  He denounced the fact to the Milan magistrates and began a top-secret investigation to unmask eventual conspirators within his own office. According to reports he invited his collaborators to invent ways to break into the Telecom system and steal telecommunication tables and tapes. His internal investigation in collaboration with the Milan PMs lead to the under-reported wiretapping scandal that involves the SISMi and two long-standing friends of Marco Mancini, Giuliano Tavaroli and Emanuele Cipriani. Tavaroli occupied the key national position to which were passed all authorized requests by magistrates to make wiretaps.

Tavaroli resigned recently and is presently under investigation by the Milan Procura for delinquent association finalized at violating privacy.

Paolo Biondani of the Corriere reports Sunday that two reporters, unnamed, who worked for the SISMi had privileged access to illegally taped transcripts, or transcripts that had been ordered destroyed by the magistracy.

Biondani reports (today confirmed in detail by the Repubblica) that according to testimony by Bove's ex-colleagues in Milan, it was Adamo Bove who helped the Milan magistrates identify and reconstruct the mobile phone traffic during the kidnapping of Abu Omar in Milan on February 17, 2003. It was this crucial investigative work that led to arrest warrants for 26 American agents and many of their Italian accomplices.

Moreover Bove was able to identify the mobile phones used by the SISMi agents under investigation and recently arrested. His work was particularly difficult as he not only had to identify the SISMi phones, but to crack through protective screens and scramblers, and do so without raising suspicion not only in the SISMi but among possible infiltrators in his own team.

Bove also contributed his expertise to solving the Laziogate conspiracy last year. In that case, the office of Francesco Storace, the rightwing (Allianza Nazionale) ex-governor of Lazio, spied on his political opponents with the intent to smear and frame them. The conspirators managed to have Alessandra Mussolini disqualified from running by hacking the Rome citizens' archives.

(The Union opponent, Piero Marrazzo, won the elections and is currently governor of Lazio. Storace, of course, is in parliament.)

According to initial reports, Bove was troubled and prone to depression recently. Other reports assert he feared being incriminated for his role in the wiretapping scandals. Or already was. He confided that he felt he was being tailed and spied. Coming from a top investigator his reported sensations are not to be dismissed. Perhaps this is no more than a whirlwind of words that accompanies a major case. Or yet another smear campaign, an action so commonly undertaken in Italy in the course of the past decades. The Italian language has a reflexive verb, suicidarsi, "to kill oneself," which has far more rhetorical impact when used in its rare transitive form, suicidare, as in "Roberto was suicided by the Mafia." "Instigation to suicide" may just be a new variation on an old theme.

The Telecom Wiretapping Scandal may soon dwarf all other closely related cases as it hints at vast political collusion under the preceding government. It appears that not only did private companies and reporters linked to the SISMi throughout Italy were able to steal information on citizens, but illegal operators were able to cancel compromising evidence linked to organized crime. It's this legacy that Bove has left investigators. Let us hope there will be no other victims.

puzza com'un pesce.

this stinks, and proves italy is a very dangerous place to try and expose stuff going on.

well done de gondi, for the work you do in this regard, we are so fortunate...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Jul 24th, 2006 at 06:39:42 AM EST
Wow -- Check this David Kelly story too.
NEW questions about the death of Iraq weapons inspector David Kelly have been raised as a major investigation casts doubt on his suicide.
Damn this is getting ugly, not that there is any reason to be surprised.

Can It Happen Here?
by janinsanfran on Mon Jul 24th, 2006 at 09:44:21 AM EST
Thanks! I'll check it.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Jul 24th, 2006 at 11:37:41 AM EST
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Laura Rozen has this
More. Corriere's Guido Olimpio notes that Bove's Greek telecom security official counterpart also was found dead recently, in a case that was covered by the WSJ and the Observer. More here. These cases are about not just domestic surveillance, but the intersection of Washington's war on terror with secret factions inside companies and countries involved with domestic surveillance, and secrecy, it would seem, is at a premium.

Moon of Alabama
by Bernhard (MoonofA .at. aol .dot. com) on Mon Jul 24th, 2006 at 10:10:50 AM EST
There are at least three suicides linked to electronic espionage. The Greek vice-director last year and Michele Lanzi in Tivoli (Rome) in 2002.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Jul 24th, 2006 at 11:36:57 AM EST
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de Gondi

Do you have a sense if there might have been more that "they" were preventing from coming out? Would any case against those already indicted in SISMI require Bove's testimony? Or might he be able to elucidate some of the activities either further up SISMI (Pollari) or tying it back to the US?

by emptywheel (emptywheel at earthlink dot net) on Mon Jul 24th, 2006 at 11:08:26 AM EST
Do you have a sense if there might have been more that "they" were preventing from coming out?

There are other ramifications in the Telecom investigation that have just scratched the surface. As I reported some time ago, there is evidence that the SISMi may have been spying on the Palermo magistrates. The Palermo magistrates have been patiently peeling away the layers that seperate the "real" white collar mafia from the military mafia known as "Cosa Nostra."

Would any case against those already indicted in SISMI require Bove's testimony?

Bove had collaborated with several Procuras- Naples, Rome and Milan, plus it appears Bologna on many cases. He was a technical investigative wizard. His testimony may have been necessary in the Milan case, but not crucial. The story is just unfolding, dramatically, and its full impact has yet to be felt.

Or might he be able to elucidate some of the activities either further up SISMI (Pollari) or tying it back to the US?

It is only speculation at the moment concerning the US. On Pollari, it would be difficult to believe the contrary. Bove reportedly actually used a purported CIA information digger program to help uncover the Telecom scandal. I'll try to get more on that later.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Jul 24th, 2006 at 11:34:33 AM EST
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An article today in the Repubblica details the probable CIA inflitration of Telecom-Pirelli. Written by Ferruccio Sansa who was heard as a testimony as a probable informant of Marco Mancini. Welcome back. He's done some great scoops in the past.

Also in the Repubblica, an interview with the twin brother of Adamo Bove. He reveals that Adamo was investigating the people who were tailing him. He considered them amateurs, most likely from a private company. The brother, Guglielmo, prefers to await the magistrates' conclusions before making any statements on his death. He remarks that his brother was very much contraried by seeing his name revealed in the press (Cipriani in the Repubblica interview) as associated with possible wrong doings.

Adamo was already working at Telecom when Tavaroli was hired as his superior. From cross-reading it appears Tavaroli had relations with CIA agents. It is Bove who unmasked Tavaroli's game.

The Corriere publishes today nearly complete transcripts of the conversations between Mancini and Pignero in Via Toamcelli. More details on Castelli's list of names and Pollari's clumsy defense.

I'll try to go into major detail in coming posts.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Jul 25th, 2006 at 03:33:09 AM EST
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Ever since President Kennedy's notorious suicide, I've been a mite skeptical.
by Lupin on Tue Jul 25th, 2006 at 05:31:31 AM EST
Thanks once again to de Gondi for helping to weave the
many threads of this story into a sturdy fabric.  The
activities of American intelligence services (CIA, NSA, and God knows who else) have managed to foster chaos in the intelligence communities of (at least) three European allies over the last year or so: Greece, Italy, and Switzerland, not to mention the creation of tensions in relations with Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Hungary, and others for "extraordinary rendition".  The Swiss case is really in this second category, since the message  intercepted by Swiss intelligence which was sent from Cairo to London and corroborated allegations on the existence of CIA prisons in Europe, was also a sort of "illegal wiretap", (leaked at the behest of some well-informed mole?).  One doubts that the perpetrators of such fiascos will ever arrive at what might seem the obvious conclusion:  in an age in which leaks must be assumed to be probable, the most subtle and wily strategy for an intelligence agency would seem to be moral rectitude, rigorous honesty, and open dealings with friend and foe.  But that would, I suppose, spoil the fun of the "game".

Hannah K. O'Luthon
by Hannah K OLuthon on Thu Jul 27th, 2006 at 10:15:54 AM EST
I am actually surprised at the progress that has been made in this case by Italian judiciary authorities. I wonder if similar work by magistrates could be carried out in another European country. The Spanish judiciary has moved against the US on extraordinary renditions. But have the Swedes or Germans?

The US has always asserted that these actions are undertaken with the knowledge of foreign state authorities. With the hundreds of flights that have been tabulated, where is solid judiciary action outside Italy and Spain?

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Jul 27th, 2006 at 05:04:10 PM EST
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Because of the italian constitution (I don't know the spanish one) and its extreme care to shield the juge from the governement.
It was written after the fascist era, you know, by people who had to suffer from a justice by and from the power.
Or so I have read.
It works for the inquiry side, but the judiciary system is much less effective by sanctioning. There, the italian trait of forgiving the culprit is the main factor. Last proof was the calciopoli sentences in appeal.

La répartie est dans l'escalier. Elle revient de suite.
by lacordaire on Fri Jul 28th, 2006 at 06:18:27 AM EST
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Oops, bad writing.
 I should have written: Italy in that case is more the exception than the rule, because....

La répartie est dans l'escalier. Elle revient de suite.
by lacordaire on Fri Jul 28th, 2006 at 06:20:54 AM EST
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