The Italian "security expert," Mario Scaramella, who met with Litvinenko, the former KBG agent who was murdered in London, has been arrested.*
Mario Scaramella was arrested in Naples, where he landed on his way back from London, the ANSA and Apcom agencies reported. Rome prosecutors have been investigating Scaramella for violating secrets of his office and possible arms trafficking. Scaramella met with Alexander Litvinenko at a London sushi bar on Nov. 1, the day the former spy fell ill.
Italy has been connected lately with a lot of international skulduggery which also involves the US -- sometimes directly. And one has to wonder how many of the same cast of characters have been involved.
There's the matter of the extraordinary rendition of an Egyptian cleric by the CIA in Italy. And even more interesting has been the Italian connection with the development of forged documents to "prove" that Saddam had nuclear weapons. That shady deal remains in the shade, probably because of the involvement of "high officials of the US government." But it also comes up in lists of what a Democratic majority in Congress would like to know more about.
A Democratic majority in the Senate places the chairmanship of the intelligence committee in the hands of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who has largely been stymied in his efforts to spur a thorough investigation of the forged documents that were used to offer "proof" of Saddam Hussein's intent to buy uranium from Niger—and what he suspects may be a broader campaign of deception. Among other things, such an inquiry could lead straight to the Pentagon's shadowy Office of Special Plans; under GOP leadership, no one is too eager to learn much about this office, which led the prewar intelligence cherry-picking, and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence chair Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is holding up an inquiry.
Please excuse this tacky question, but does anyone working at Fort Dietrich who reads this blog happen to know the status of efforts to produce cerebral bleeds which mock arteriovenous malformation? You know -- threat to Bush/Cheney of a Democratic majority in the Senate and all... Weird things do happen...
*A commenter (below) offers an interesting resource with background information on Mario Scaramella.