September 19, 2004


Agent behind fake uranium documents worked for France (Bruce Johnston, 19/09/2004, Daily Telegraph)

The Italian businessman at the centre of a furious row between France and Italy over whose intelligence service was to blame for bogus documents suggesting Saddam Hussein was seeking to buy material for nuclear bombs has admitted that he was in the pay of France.

The man, identified by an Italian news agency as Rocco Martino, was the subject of a Telegraph article earlier this month in which he was referred to by his intelligence codename, "Giacomo".

His admission to investigating magistrates in Rome on Friday apparently confirms suggestions that - by commissioning "Giacomo" to procure and circulate documents - France was responsible for some of the information later used by Britain and the United States to promote the case for war with Iraq.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 19, 2004 5:24 PM

Even without the nuclear stuff, the French gov't believed that Saddam had biological and chemical weapons, they just didn't want to do anything about it.

That probably would have been the case even if they weren't being bought off by Saddam.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 19, 2004 6:28 PM

This is a deliberate disinformation campaign by France. This proves that they are not our allies but rather our enemies in the war on terror.

Posted by: jd watson at September 19, 2004 8:18 PM

Maintain the boycott of France!

Posted by: Oswald Booth Czolgosz at September 19, 2004 8:21 PM


Too subtle by half--such fakery would be a lot of effort to little reward.

Posted by: oj at September 19, 2004 8:29 PM

What do you mean too subtle. This French administration prides itself on its subtlety. They are subtly sliding the French nation into the Islamic Empire and screwing the rest of Europe in the process. They are not our friends!! and have not been since De Gaulle!!!

Posted by: dick at September 20, 2004 12:54 AM
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