|As an Italian Commission is investigating communist activity in Italy during the cold war, former European Commission President Romano Prodi has been accused of being a former KGB agent.
The allegations come at a time when Prodi is leading the polls in the Italian elections, where he is running for Prime Minister against main rival, incumbent Premier Silvio Berlusconi.
In his one-minute speech during Strasbourg plenary, Gerard Batten (UK, IN/DEM) told how Alexander Litvinenko, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the FSB, the successor to the KGB, and currently living under political asylum in the UK, was informed by FSB deputy chief, General Anatole Trofimov of the high amount of communist activity operating in Italy. With reference to the KGB, Litvinenko was told, “Romano Prodi is our man there”.
Another high-level source, a former KGB operative in London, has confirmed the story.
Communist activity is currently under investigation in Italy, where Senator Paolo Guzzanti is leading a parliamentary commission into Soviet infiltration during the cold war. Guzzanti’s investigations have already alleged a joint Soviet-Bulgarian conspiracy behind the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.
These new allegations could not be worse timed for Prodi who is currently the frontrunner in the Italian election.
The full conclusions of the Guzzanti inquiry are due to be released alter this week.
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Written by Cillian Donnelly
Monday Apr 03, 2006