Documentation President Cossiga's letter {What follows is a translation of the letter sent

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Documentation President Cossiga's letter {What follows is a translation of the letter sent on July 3 by Italian President Francesco Cossiga to the head of the government, Giulio Andreotti, as it appeared in all major Italian press on July 26:} I believe that it is my duty to call your attention to the reports broadcast on TG1 June 28 and 30, and on July 1 and 2, following advance releases put out by the RAI through ANSA [news service]. In these broadcasts, produced by a TG1 journalist, a number of persons have been interviewed, including persons who asserted they had been agents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The information broadcast in these programs requires, in my judgment, careful evaluation by the Italian government, particularly in consideration of the particular ``credibility'' that such information has for public opinion in our country and foreign countries, with possible involvement of the responsibility of our government, because it is not credible outside of our country, although true, that a public radio and television service can exist which is not directly responsible to the government or to the parliament. The gravity of the information put in circulation, consists above all in the statement that the terrorism of the 1970s was ``ignited'' in Italy by the CIA through the P-2 Masonic lodge. Second, in the asserted participation of the P-2 Masonic lodge, and thus, of Italian citizens, in the ``plot'' which would have been planned by the CIA to assassinate Olof Palme, then prime minister of the Swedish kingdom. Third, also very serious, is the attribution of responsibility for these criminal actions, in which the P-2 Masonic lodge would have participated, to high level personalities of North American political and institutional life, including the then-representative of the Republican Party, and today the President of an allied and friendly country, the United States of America, George Bush. If the government should think that such information had any foundation, I believe that it must inform the judiciary authorities and the parliamentary commission on atrocities, and on the level of bilateral relations, the competent authorities in the U.S.A. and the Kingdom of Sweden. If, on the other hand, the government, after careful evaluation, were to conclude that the information broadcast by the RAI-TV is false or even recklessly provocatory, I think that the government should inform the judiciary authorities of possible penal law violations and undertake necessary measures to find out the managers and personnel of the national TV center responsible. I would be grateful if you could keep me informed on the initiatives undertaken by the government. *** *** *** What Brenneke said {Excerpts from the TG1 interview with ex-CIA agent Richard Brenneke, translated from the Italian transcript. The interviewer is Ennio Remondino.} Q: Do you know the P-2 directly? Breneke: Naturally I have known the P-2 since 1969 and I had deals with the P-2 in Europe since that time and I had contact with it also recently, till the beginning of the 1980s. The U.S. government sent money to P-2. In some periods the sum was about Breneke0 million a month. Q: For what purpose? Breneke: The CIA money for the P-2 had several aims. One of them was terrorism. Another aim was to get P-2's help to smuggle dope into the U.S.A. from other countries. We used them to create situations favorable to the explosion of terrorism in Italy and in other European countries at the beginning of the 1970s. Q: Excuse me, but your statements are very serious. You say that the P-2 was a creation, the financial and organizational arm of the CIA to destabilize, to run cover operations in Europe? Breneke: There is no doubt. The P-2 since the beginning of the 1970s was used for the dope traffic, for destabilization in a covert way. It was done secretly to keep people from knowing about the involvement of the U.S. government. In many cases it was done directly through the offices of the CIA in Rome and in some other cases through CIA centers in other countries. Q: In what operations was the P-2 (as an extension of the CIA) involved? Breneke: The P-2 was involved in the operation for which I ended up in court, that is the delay in the liberation of the American hostages in Iran in 1980. Members of P-2 participated in the operation and even attended meetings in Paris and other European cities. The same people were involved in the arms smuggling into Iran which took place after these meetings while there was still an embargo against Iran. The P-2 collaborated with agencies of the American government in sending weapons to Iran after the meeting of 1980. Q: Do you know Gelli personally? Breneke: I met him for the first time in 1969-70 and the subject of the discussion was the financing of his organization. I met him several times in the 1970s. I met him in Paris in October 1980 on an important occasion: There was a meeting.... Q: ``October Surprise''... Breneke: ``October surprise.'' The aim of the meeting was to organize the freedom of the hostages after, not before, the elections. The meeting was important because there were Mr. Casey, who later became the head of the CIA, at that time manager of the Reagan-Bush electoral campaign and Donald Gregg, who became ambasssador to South Korea and at that time worked for the CIA and the National Security Council. At the meeting I attended Bush was not there, but Bush was... Q: President Bush? Breneke: The present President Bush was at that time a vice presidential candidate. From the information I had, I know that Bush was in Paris in the same days for meetings dealing with the freedom of the hostages and the payment of a ransom for their freedom. Gelli took part in these meetings. I do not know if he attended the same meetings with Bush but he definitely attended the same meetings I attended. Q: Do you have documentation to prove these very serious accusations? Breneke: My accusations are very serious and I would not do it without evidence.... Some of these documents were given to the court on the occasion of the trial against me. They are still in the trial record. Some documents I gave to members of the inquiry commission of the U.S. Congress.... *** *** *** Razin's TV statements {Excerpts of the interchange between Ibrahim Razin and RAI journalist Ennio Remondino, as translated from the Italian transcript:} Q: Can you give us more details on the telegram from the P-2 announcing the assassination of the Swedish leader Olof Palme? Razin: During summer 1985 I interrogated a very important leader of the American mafia, whose name I cannot mention, who told me that such a telegram was sent from Gelli to Philip Guarino, at that time one of the most outstanding members of the Republican circle around Bush. Q: Do you have any precise indication about the existence of the telegram? Razin: At present the FBI has opened an inquiry on this story. The existence of the telegram is also indicated by the archives of the National Security Agency. Q: From where was this telegram sent precisely and who got it? Razin: It left with the signature of Licio Gelli and was addressed to Philip Guarino. It was sent from South America, from one of the southernmost regions of Brazil. According to the most reliable information it was sent by a man called Ortolani on behalf of Licio Gelli or in any case on Gelli's instructions. Q: What was the exact text of the telegram? Razin: The telegram said: ``Tell our friend that the Swedish palm will be felled.'' Q: Why would the Italian P-2 have been involved, interested in the assassination of Palme? Razin: Sweden was one of the main protagonists of the illegal weapons traffic at the time of the Iran-Iraq war when Palme was prime minister and thus Palme was surely aware of what was happening. Q: And P-2 was part of this operation? Razin: Yes, P-2 was at the center, one of the main participants in the illegal arms traffic, which was connected to the drug traffic from the outset. P-2 also made a substantial contribution to the recycling of large amounts of money used for this arms and drugs traffic from one country to another. Q: And what about the CIA-P-2 relations? Razin: Suffice it to see how the P-2 was involved with Banco Ambrosiano and with Michele Sindona and how the CIA was involved with them in several financial manipulations. For example, in the United States the big scandal involving the S&L banks is big news. The Texas state prosecutor has found evidence of CIA involvement in the bankruptcy of many of these banks which used illegal funds for their operations. The man who knows a lot about this is Richard Brenneke, a former CIA agent from Oregon. Q: Do you have more details which could help to clarify why Palme was assassinated? Razin: I am sure that there are documents on this but it is a different story to see if they are going to come out into the open. I can give you some other collateral details. For example, a week before Palme's death, an agent named Michael Townley was in Stockholm. Townley was involved in the assassination of the Chilean Orlando Letelier, some years ago in Washington. Townley was a political dirty tricks specialist.... It is a definite fact that the weapons traffic had a lot to do


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