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Originally posted by FredT
US forces might not have known that slain Italian secret agent Nicola Calipari was in Iraq to secure a hostage's freedom, Italian papers say.
CNN: U.S. 'knew agent going to airport'
ROME, Italy (CNN) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says the intelligence agent shot dead by the U.S. military told them he would be escorting a newly released hostage to the airport -- contrary to U.S. claims.
Another Italian attache, who was at the Baghdad airport, also told U.S. military personnel the car carrying agent Nicola Calipari and journalist Giuliana Sgrena was on its way to the airport March 4 before the shooting occurred, Berlusconi told the Italian senate on Wednesday.
from Seekerof's third source
ROME - The Italian intelligence officer killed by US troops in a friendly fire incident last week had not told US authorities why he was in Iraq, Italy's Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini said Wednesday.
Fini has previously dismissed Washington's view that a lack of communication was responsible for the death of Calipari...
ROME — U.S. forces in Iraq were only partially informed about last week's Italian intelligence mission to release a hostage, which ended with a shooting on the road to Baghdad airport and the death of secret service agent Nicola Calipari (search), Italian newspapers said Friday.
While U.S. authorities were informed of the presence of Calipari and a colleague, they did not know that the mission was aimed at freeing journalist Giuliana Sgrena
Originally posted by Seekerof
With each passing day, this incident grows increasingly under suspicion. The Italian press is even beginning to question Sgrena's story. There are growing 'holes' in her story with each passing interview she gives.
Her car where she claims that "300-400" rounds were put into it or "shots were fired at it" and fired on from an armored vehicle, as well? Word has it that she is now claiming that "tanks" were involved.
Images of Sgrena's Car
Route Irish Racing and Baghdad Roadblocks: The Sgrena Incident
[edit on 12-3-2005 by Seekerof]