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As always Scaramella is not to be believed. He is a  con-man and impostor. He has impersonated the role of judge, professor, expert on environment, expert on uranium, and self-professed CIA agent.

On November 22, Carlo Bonini the famous and authoritative Repubblica reporter published a lengthy article on how Scaramella screwed Litvinenko in 2004, based on an interview conducted in February 2005. I controlled the Repubblica archives only to find that the interview had never been published.

The interview was published today in la Repubblica. I will put up excerpts today. In brief, Litvinenko was used by Scaramella to support false charges against Prodi in the Mitrokhin commission. Litvinenko denies ever having made charges that Prodi was a KGB agent. He signed what he thought were translations of his testimony against Putin. Those signed documents were used by the Mitrokhin commission in its obscene attacks on Berlusconi's enemies.

Litvinenko feared that Berlusconi's close relation with Putin which notoriously exceeds state protocol would endanger him and his brother, a cook who lived in Rimini at the time.

We have a clear situation here, apparently paradoxical: The kangaroo Mitrokhin Commission through Scaramella gathers testimony against Putin by one of his major adversaries, Litvinenko. The same commission then falsifies Litvinenko's testimony. Berlusconi has always defended Putin and vaunts a close and special relation with him. Further, Berlusconi used his power as prime minister to set up ambitious and favourable business ventures with the Russian nomenklature. The extent of Berlusconi's personal involvement with Putin has yet to be investigated. Considering Berlusconi's on-going knack for international crime, one has license to speculate.

I would have no problems in speculating that Scaramella turned over Litivinenko's testimony to interested parties.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sun Nov 26th, 2006 at 02:42:14 AM EST
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Sounds like he and Litvinenko must have a lot in common. Litvinenko claimed a narrower expertise, though: he was a self-proclaimed spy, defector and KGB expert.

On credibility, besides number of claims that FSB was preparing hit on Berezovsky (proved to be false, but highly benefitial to Berezovsky himself: in one case FSB management was toppled, in another Berezovsky was given asylum in the UK) here are a number of selected quotes:

On al-Zawahiri:

A. Litvinenko:  Certainly, here it is. The number two person in the terrorist organization al Qaeda, who they are crediting with the series of explosions in London, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is an old agent of the FSB. Being sentenced to death in Egypt for terrorism and hunted by Interpol, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in 1998, was in the territory of Dagestan, where for half a year he received special training at one of the educational bases of the FSB. After this training he was transferred to Afghanistan, where he had never been before and where, following the recommendation of his Lubyanka chiefs, he at once ... penetrated the milieu of bin Laden and soon became his assistant in al Qaeda.

On 2005 London bombings:

The correspondent: What can you say concerning the acts of terrorism in London ? From what region and with what forces was this impact directed?

A. Litvinenko: In reply to this question I can declare perfectly definitely, that the center of the global terrorism is not in Iraq , Iran , Afghanistan or the Chechen Republic . The terrorism infection creeps away worldwide from the cabinets of the Lubyanka Square and the Kremlin. And until the Russian special services are forbidden, dispersed and condemned, the terrorism will never stop: bombs will blow up, and blood will be shed. Terrorism has no limitation period and those, who were engaged in it, should be found and punished, until they are alive, instead of to award them with the Nobel Prize of the world and not to set up monuments for them.

On 1999 shooting in Armenian parliament:

Former Federal Security Service (FSB) agent Alexander Litvinenko said in various interviews that the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General-Staff of the Russian armed forces had organized the terrorist attack in the Armenian parliament.

On murder of Kadyrov:

But this is by no means the only theory. Contrary to Kommersant, Aleksandr Litvinenko, the former FSB lieutenant colonel and ally of fellow exile and Putin opponent Boris Berezovsky, argued that Ramzan Kadyrov, being Akhmad Kadyrov's son and head of his security service, must have known the Chechen president's schedule and movements on May 9. After the elder Kadyrov's murder, Ramzan, rather than immediately setting out to apprehend the assassins or even "crying for his father," flew to Moscow to "report to Putin," Litvinenko wrote.

The only rational explanation for all this is that Litvinenko was Berezovsky's faithful sidekick and was playing popular in Anglo-Saxon press angle of Putin=FSB=KGB. For Berezovsky Putin is Frankenstein who  occupies his rightful place of top dog in Russia.

by blackhawk on Sun Nov 26th, 2006 at 05:49:09 AM EST
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Thanks for your interesting feedback and perspective. I found your previous comment in eternalcityblues diary very interesting. I do not expect Litvinenko to be a clear figure.

It's important to put up as much information as possible on the protaganists in this story so that one can make an informed opinion.

I am aware that my opinion of Guzzanti and Scaramella appears one-sided. I'm comforted by the fact that they have plenty of prominent supporters or shoddy reporters to shovel their shit for them.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sun Nov 26th, 2006 at 06:27:18 AM EST
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Do you think there is a direct link between Litvinenko's death and Mitrokhin's comission? To me it seems to be tangential. Mitrokhin's comission itself looks like a local witchhunt.

On Scaramella, he is not known in Russia, but I've seen comments on Russian side that he was working in Moscow and had access to the same open KGB archives every foreigner can get access to.

On Litvinenko, one thing to understand is this context is that he was not in a position to confirm or deny anyone's involvement in former KGB's foreign operations. He have not even seen the same archives Scaramella saw, did not work in any kind of spy business, and Goldfarb clearly states that when he tried to run to the US, he had nothing to offer in terms of information in exchange for settlement of his immigration case. UK was willing to take him as is.

by blackhawk on Sun Nov 26th, 2006 at 08:05:18 AM EST
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At the moment I see no link between the Mitrokhin Commission activity and Litvinenko's death. Just as Scotland Yard we are in the realm of hypotheses.

I simply wish to report the controversial aspects of the Berlusconi commissions which includes of course the roles of ex-KGB/ FSB members.

What I find interesting is that two important interviews carried out last year have now been published- perhaps too controversial at the time, but now pertinent to an understanding of the Berlusconi regime.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sun Nov 26th, 2006 at 09:40:04 AM EST
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I had a feeling it would all lead to Italy sooner or later. In a thread where the Polonium murder was discussed I remarked that "it feels like the whole world has turned into Italy" or somesuch.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Mon Dec 4th, 2006 at 01:43:36 PM EST
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