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According to Paolo Guzzanti, Oleg Ghordievskij has written him a letter today asking him for a translation of the "infamous article" containing an interview with him. It appears this post is timely. Mr. Guzzanti need only send this link to Mr. Ghordievskij- or to the person he asserts to be Mr. Ghordievskij.

Mr. Guzzanti, who hails from a certain type of journalism that Berlusconi has rendered all too familiar, may be aware that interviews are not fabricated.

I would certainly hope that Mr. Guzzanti's interview with Ghordievskij on December 21st be authentic for the known professional qualities of the Senator. It would however put Mr. Ghordievskij in a very poor light as he would not only have eaten every word he said in the above interview, but have further accused the Repubblica of being in the hands of the KGB.

Mr. Guzzanti does have fair game publishing his assertions while the entire Italian press is on strike- coincidently from December 21st to December 27th- with the well known exception of Berlusconi's yellow rag press. It's not the first time Berlusconi resorts to a news vacuum to launch his campaigns. Marco Follino was ousted as secretary of the satellite party UDC thanks to Giornale's hate campaign during a news strike. So do bear with us, Mr. Guzzanti, as we await patiently the end of the strike to see what the Repubblica may have to say.

Here's the alleged letter:

Dear Senator,
I learned about the arrest yesterday evening. I shall appreciate if you could send me the translation of the infamous La Repubblica article where they quote me. We shall do our best here to help Mario who produced a very favourable impression.
Kind regards,
Oleg Gordievsky

We are looking forward to a letter to the editor of Repubblica by Colonel Ghordievskij. It would be the proper forum to express any reservations he may have.

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that Mr. Guzzanti's insinuation yesterday that Scaramella was arrested because of Romano Prodi's suit was immediately denied by the Rome Procura. Evidently the Roman prosecutors are also in the hands of the KGB.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Mon Dec 25th, 2006 at 04:43:18 PM EST

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