by de Gondi
Thu Jan 25th, 2007 at 07:48:45 AM EST
On Monday evening, January 22nd, the BBC ran a special on the murder of Alexander Litvinenko. The program contained excerpts from an interview with Alexander Litvinenko conducted by Mario Scaramella. The BBC presented the interview as "fresh evidence" and "top secret." In the video interview Litvinenko declares that when he sought to leave Russia for Italy he was discouraged by General Trofimov (assassinated in 2005) because Prodi was a long-standing KGB agent.
The interview is part of the continuous, grave and obsessive efforts by Berlusconi Senator Paolo Guzzanti and his shill, Mario Scaramella, to smear political adversaries with false charges.
There is nothing "top secret" about the interview. While in London last December Scaramella freely distributed the interview to all the reporters who interviewed him. Scaramella had at the time acquired a certain international notoriety by staging a polonium poisoning of himself, trumpeted as a deliberate assassination attempt. Recent investigations have determined that initial analysis of Scaramella for polonium poisoning were "false readings."
From the diaries -- whataboutbob
The BBC has further damaged its reputation by omitting key facts about the interview, such as Litvinenko's pay-off of 600 for "expenses" by Mario Scaramella, as well as a further 200 to Litvinenko's brother for "translations". The BBC should keep in mind that reporters do not pay for interviews or evidence as a matter of professional ethics. Nor do news services censor gravely compromising facts such as the pay-off in question.
The interview (discussed here at Eurotrib) is also part of the evidence acquired by Italian investigators. The interview was conducted on February 3, 2006, just days after a telephone conversation between Senator Paolo Guzzanti and Mario Scaramella in which Guzzanti exhorts Scaramella in no uncertain terms to come up with something that "proves" Prodi is a KGB agent. Investigators have asked Parliament to admit this taped conversation as evidence in their case against Scaramella.
Scaramella continues to be held in isolation since his arrest last Christmas.
La Repubblica also has written today that they possess the full unexpurgated version of the interview.
Further, the BBC neglects to consider evidence to the contrary such as an interview with Oleg Ghordievsky who was present at the meeting in which Scaramella arranged the Trofimov scam with Litvinenko. In the interview Ghordievsky (published here at Eurotrib) clearly states that Litvinenko was lying and did so most likely for money, a supposition now ascertained by Italian investigators. Both Vladimir Bukovsky and Oleg Ghordievsky were present at the preliminary meeting and refused to be part of Scaramella's scam.
The Italian government has released a statement deploring the BBC service as a scam. "[We are] surprised that the English television whose authority has always been a point of honour would continue to lend credence to false news reports from improbable sources and from news buccaneers."
It is of note that the BBC interview was released in coincidence with Romano Prodi's trip to Moscow.
The BBC did not verify Litvinenko's accusations nor cross check with Romano Prodi, victim of those accusations.
With the presentation of this interview the BBC has gravely damaged its reputation. One could pretend immediate amend with equivalent primetime coverage- although a similar disclaimer may entail exposing Berlusconi's systematic production of false information by his media machine, as well as the crucial role played by Paolo Guzzanti.
It would be far more interesting than feasting on the hired words of the dead.
In the meantime, knowledgeable readers may wonder just how far this urban legend will carry. And what kind of suckers will continue to fall- either by design, negligence or stupidity- for the garbage manufactured by Berlusconi's slander machine.
Update [2007-1-25 4:39:39 by de Gondi]: January 25th, 2007
Yevgeny Limarev released a statement yesterday to la Repubblica concerning the BBC special on Litvinenko’s poisoning (la Repubblica- January 26, 2007, page 26). Limarev has emerged as a key figure in debunking the Guzzanti-Scaramella scams and was targeted by Scaramella as having supplied the bogus emails Scaramella took to London to show to Litvinenko. Guzzanti further defamed Limarev by accusing him of being part of the Litvinenko assassination plot.
Yevgeny Limarev will be the subject of my next post.
| Il video di Litvinenko che parla di rapporti fra Prodi e il Kgb è stato fabbricato ad arte. Posso dirlo perché Scaramella mi inviò due mail, una il 6 febbraio e l´altra il 17 febbraio, chiedendomi di collaborare all´operazione. In particolare nel messaggio del 17 febbraio, Scaramella mi sollecitava urgentemente ad attivarmi presso giornalisti russi affinché li convincessi a pubblicare sui loro giornali le stesse notizie contenute in quel video. Questo gli serviva per rinforzare l´intervista di Litvinenko che si reggeva solo sulle dichiarazioni di un morto. Mi aveva anche offerto la possibilità di pagare i giornalisti russi con somme da 600 a 800 euro.|| The video in which Litvinenko talks about the relation between Prodi and the KGB was artfully contrived. I can assert this because Scaramella sent me two emails, one dated February 6th  and February 17th  asking me to collaborate in the scheme. In particular, in the message of February 17th, Scaramella urgently solicited me to intervene with Russian journalists to convince them to publish the same news contained in the video in their newspapers. This was necessary to reinforce the Litvinenko interview which was based only the declarations of a dead man. He offered me the possibility to pay the Russian journalists a sum between 600 and 800 euros.|
This diary owes a great deal to articles that have appeared in la Repubblica, especially an article by Alberto Custodero published January 24th, page 25.