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FOX News: Italian Connection Links Mario Scaramella to KGB Spies, Past and Former Prime Ministers (December 01, 2006)

Revelations that Mario Scaramella, a shadowy nuclear security expert and well-known information peddler, tested positive Friday for the same radioactive toxin that killed former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko gives the evolving spy mystery yet another weird twist: The Italian Connection.

Scaramella, described in media reports as an academic who has long maneuvered in and out of the European clandestine information community, is also linked to an investigation of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, long thought to have had ties to the former Soviet espionage apparatus.

Prodi, an arch rival of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, once was the target of an investigation into KGB infiltration of the Italian government, an inquiry sparked by information found on scraps of paper supplied by the KGB's archivist when he defected to the British.

That information revealed how the KGB had successfully recruited 261 leading Italian politicians and journalists.

Curiously, Scaramella reportedly was meeting with Litvinenko at a London sushi restaurant to tell the former KGB agent that his name was on an assassination list that he'd uncovered.

Prodi's political opponents, meanwhile, have launched several investigations into his financial and political dealings.

Let's count the ways in which this is bullshit...

  1. The "investigations into [Prodi's] financial and political dealings" were brought up in the run-up to the latest elections. From wikipedia: Romano Prodi's political beginnigs
    Prodi served as chairman of the powerful state-owned industrial holding company IRI - from 1982 to 1989 and again from 1993 to 1994. He twice came under investigation for alleged corruption while he was head of IRI. He was accused of conflict of interest first in connection with contracts awarded to his own economic research company, and secondly over the sale of the loss making state owned food conglomerate SME to the multinational Unilever - for which he had for a time been a paid consultant; but, for both accusations, he obtained a full acquittal.

  2. Litvinenko reportedly accused Scaramella of poisoning him, and was described as "being nervous" and "not eating anything". Litvinenko was also reportedly puzzled that Scaramella wanted to meet him in person to show him an e-mail which he could have simply forwarded to him.

  3. Our own de Gondi debunked the (unnamed by FOX) Mitrokhin commission thusly:
    As far as the Mitrokhin Commission goes, what can I say. You can download the audiences on the parliament's site and sit back for riotous laughing. Guzzanti is best known for having sired the two comics and political satirists, Sabina and Paolo. He does his best to compete with them but is basically a hallucinated psychotic with a strong tendency to go into fits of obscenity. It's no wonder he's a senator for Berlusconi's personal political entity.

  4. As for the allegations that Prodi was a KGB agent...
    Keep in mind that the Litvinenko- Batten- Scaramella accusation against Prodi was given maximum press between April 3 and 6, 2006, just on the eve of the Italian general elections, and was object of a parliamentary interrogation by Fascist Democrat (AN) deputy, Ignazio La Russa. Litvinenko had made his revelations to Batten in February.

    Evidently it was too early to influence the elections. Better just days before.
    (Same comment by de Gondi) And, in case that wasn't enough,
    Scaramella used Litvinenko as a source that Prodi was a KGB informant. Litvinenko had always denied being Scaramella's source and further accused Scaramella of having tricked him into signing false revelations.

But, it's been on FOX, so it must be true.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Dec 2nd, 2006 at 05:34:08 AM EST
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my hunch is that scaramella got a tiny dose because he was the one dosing the russian.

what i can't decide is whether this was a slip, or whether he was dosed with just enough to make it look he was also a victim, but not enough to hurt him.

of course tests can be falsified too, and it seems the media is much less suspicious of him since this new revelation.

they had a few minutes of him on tv the other day, and body-language screamed 'dodgy'.

it smells more of false flag (reid) and/or russia-smear, and/or russian and italian mafia each day.

definitely reeks but hard to say where from...will we ever know?

one of the strongest features of this story is the image of the dying ex-spy, the bone structure, the terrible pain on such a beautiful face.

it's like he's begging for people to keep digging for the truth in this...

'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 Sat Dec 2nd, 2006 at 06:17:30 AM EST
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It would be appropriate at this point to revisit the discussion in the "Kcurie and Polonium" diary, in particular this subthread where we speculated on delivering the Polonium by inhalation and gave a possible scenario for poisoning at the ITSU restaurant by Scaramella.
Inhalation would probably be the most effective way of delivering a dose from an alpha-emitter like Po-210. If it were placed on documents handed to the victim in an envelope, and he pulled them out of the envelope over a plate of food, he would inhale some of the isotope and the rest would fall on the food.  If he had any cuts or open sores on his hands, more could enter that way.

The paper of the envelope would protect the bearer, if he were careful, from exposure and would shield the isotope from being detected by radiation sensors.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Dec 2nd, 2006 at 06:24:25 AM EST
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yup that was a great thread.

between the cloak'n'dagger experts and the nuclear boffins, that was vintage ET.

'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 Sat Dec 2nd, 2006 at 09:51:33 AM EST
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