U$ tampers with evidence-Italy media revels Iraq details *LINK*

U$ tampers with evidence-Italy media revels Iraq details *LINK*
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Sunday, May 01, 2005 10:37 pm


US military report into the killing of Nicola Calipari

U$ tampers with evidence -=- Entire pages of the US report had been

BBC: Sunday, 1 May, 2005, 22:22 GMT 23:22 UK

Italy media reveals Iraq details

By David Willey

BBC News in Rome

Italian media have published classified sections of an official US
military inquiry into the accidental killing of an Italian agent in

The 40-page report was censored by the Pentagon before being officially
published on Saturday.

Italy has refused to accept the US report\'s findings and is to publish its
own version of events later this week.

Details of the official report were published in newspapers on Sunday with
censored material restored in full.

Missing text

A Greek medical student at Bologna University who was surfing the web
early on Sunday found that with two simple clicks of his computer mouse he
could restore censored portions of the report.



US military: Car approaches checkpoint at high speed -- Troops attempt to
tell driver to stop with arm signals, lights and warning shots ---
Soldiers shoot into engine


Italian government: Italy makes all necessary contacts with the US for
safe passage -- The driver stops immediately when a light flashes 10m away
-- At the same time, shots are fired into car for 10-15 seconds

He passed the details to Italian newspapers which immediately put out the
full text on their own websites.

The missing text contains the names and ranks of all of the American
military personnel involved in the killing of Nicola Calipari, the Italian
agent who was given a state funeral and awarded Italy\'s highest medal of

It also reveals the rules of engagement in operation at the military
checkpoint near Baghdad airport which have been contested by the Italian

The censored sections include recommendations that the American military
modify their checkpoint procedures to give better and clearer warning
signs to approaching vehicles.

The official Italian report on the incident expected to be published this
week will accuse the American military of tampering with evidence at the
scene of the shooting.

The Americans invited two Italians to join in their inquiry, but the
Italian representatives protested at what they claimed was lack of
objectivity in presenting the evidence and returned to Rome.