Friday, March 11, 2005

Italian Reporter update

I told you in the previous post that this story didn't pass the smell test. It seems to be a stench instead of an odor and makes one really proud of some of the reporters who sucked it in hook, line and sinker. The AP has a report that says even the Italian General didn't know of the rescue.

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, Italian newspapers said Friday. ...

Both newspapers cited a report by Gen. Mario Marioli, an Italian who is the coalition forces' second-in-command. The report has been given to Rome prosecutors investigating the killing.

According to the newspapers, Marioli informed U.S. officials that Calipari and the other Italian officer were there, but not that the mission was aimed at releasing Sgrena.

The papers had conflicting versions over how much Marioli knew: Corriere said he knew the Calipari was working to have the hostage released, La Repubblica said he didn't.

Captain Ed has more and he has been following this unraveling saga from the start.