Thursday, August 11, 2005

Alleged meetings in Italy; Colonel Franklin

Wayne Madsen, 2 August 2005, reported that a criminal investigation in Italy has uncovered
minutes of meetings held at the U.S. Embassy in Rome in 1995.

Attending the meetings were:

1. a "Colonel Franklin" from the United States

2. leading Italian neo-Fascist politicians

3. Likud officials from Israel.

The purpose of the meetings was to arrange telecom and military contracts for Israeli companies with the U.S. government.

There is a Colonel Lawrence (Larry) Franklin who has worked for the Pentagon Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs.

Lawrence (Larry) A. Franklin has been indicted for passing secrets to two American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) employees.

Franklin, who reportedly wants to attack Iran, reportedly attended a December 2001 meeting in Rome which was about contacts with Iranian dissidents.

Reportedly, other people who attended this meeting were:

1. neo-con Michael Ledeen of the American Enterprise Institute and Karl Rove's chief foreign policy advisor

2. Iran-contra figure Manucher Ghorbanifar

3. Italian SISMI military intelligence chief Nicolo Pollari

4. Italian Defense Minister Antonio Martino

5. a number of Iranian dissidents.

Another Italian criminal probe is looking at campaign contributions made by wealthy Italians and Italian-Americans to the Bush 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns.


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