A separate report from Al-Jazeera claims that Italy has also paid a multi-million dollar ransom to al-Nusra Front in Syria.
Informative reports, but it’s not just Italy that misleads the public about paying ransoms to villains and terrorists. Many, if not most, European governments facilitate the payment of such ransoms. We used to call it “funding both sides of the conflict.” It causes wars to last longer. European diplomats act like they are contributing to world peace, but their government-backed ransom payments are just prolonging the pain and strife.
From The Guardian on Oct. 8:
Italian intelligence lied about hostage rescue to hide ransom payment
Leaked document shows Italy made up story about 2012 rescue of Bruno Pelizzari and Debbie Calitz to hide ransom payment
Italy’s intelligence service helped concoct a false story about a rescue of hostages by security forces to hide a ransom payment, according to a leaked spy agency document.
The payment was made for the release of Bruno Pelizzari, an Italian, and South African Debbie Calitz, who were taken by Somali pirates in 2010 and released in 2012.
The document marked “secret” says the Italian intelligence agency AISE paid a ransom of $525,000 (£346,000). “To conceal the payment of the ransom, AISE, SNSA (Somalia’s national security agency) and the hostages agreed to inform the media and public that the release of the hostages was the result of a successful rescue operation by the Somali security forces.”
The document highlights the contradictions in the international response to kidnapping. Both the US and UK governments refuse to pay ransoms, but other European countries have a more ambiguous approach, routinely making payments while publicly denying it.
The Italian government response to the case of Pelizzari and Calitz reflects the confusion and obfuscation…