Friday, November 04, 2005

Man behind Niger uranium flap identified

ROME, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Italy's spymaster has named the man said to have passed along forged documents about Iraq seeking Niger uranium ore for nuclear weapons.

Gen. Nicolò Pollari, director of the Italian military intelligence agency, identified the source as Rocco Martino, described as an occasional spy.

Sen. Massimo Brutti, a member of the committee that oversees secret services, told the New York Times that Pollari identified Martino as a former intelligence informer who had been "kicked out of the agency." He did not say Martino was the forger.

For some interesting coverage on Rocco Martino and the players, click here.

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