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 Baghdad.
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
Details of the official report were published in
newspapers on Sunday with censored material restored
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.
He passed the details to Italian newspapers which
immediately put out the full text on their own
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 valour.
It also reveals the rules of engagement in operation
at the military checkpoint near Baghdad airport which
have been contested by the Italian authorities.
The censored sections include recommendations that the
American military modify their checkpoint procedures
to give better and clearer warning signs to
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 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.
Relations between Rome and Washington remain tense.