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What really made Berlusconi's government collapse, paving the way first for Mario Monti’s unelected government and later those of Italian PMs Enrico Letta and Matteo Renzi?
One thing is certain: what happened in those difficult times was intercepted and transcribed by the most powerful intelligence agency in the world: the National Security Agency (NSA), as this interception and other t op-secret documents published today by Wiki Leaks and our newspaper reveal.
The three selectors correspond to the phone numbers of Stefano Stefanini, the Italian Permanent Representative to the NATO from 2007 to 2010; the Palazzo Chigi diplomatic adviser, Marco Carnelos, who became the diplomatic advisor of the Lazio region in 2011 and is currently the Italian ambassador in Baghdad, and finally Berlusconi's National Security Advisor, Bruno Archi.
The first selector is a landline number which is still fully operational and still allows the caller to connect to the office of the Italian Permanent Representative to the NATO in Brussels, while the other two selectors correspond to two mobile numbers: dialing Marco Carnelos’ number, it is still possible to connect to him directly.
Back in 2013 and thanks to the Snowden files, l'Espresso and la Repubblica revealed how the Nsa targeted Italy.
The Snowden files allowed us to expose the presence of two Special Collection Service teams in the Italian territory, one in Rome and the other in Milan; the two Nsa spy operations “Bruneau” and “Hemlock”, aimed at targeting the communications of the Italian Embassy in Washington DC; and finally the massive collection of Italian citizens' metadata.
There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including a written account of Saint Valentine of Rome's imprisonment for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire.
The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Merkel and Sarkozy, evidently brooking no excuses with respect to Italy's current predicament, pressured the PM to announce strong, concrete palliatives and then to implement them in order to show that his government is serious about its debt problem.The US does not seem to know exactly what he is doing in Moscow, however, «he is widely rumored to be looking after Berlusconi's business interests in Russia», as the US diplomacy writes to Washington in that cable, adding that US contacts, both in Berlusconi's party and in the center-left opposition, the Democratic Party, believe that «Berlusconi and his cronies are profiting personally and handsomely from many of the energy deals between Italy and Russia».