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758Italy media reveals censored details of Nicola Calipari's death

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  • Greg Cannon
    May 2, 2005

      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
      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.

      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
      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.

      Relations between Rome and Washington remain tense.