Giuliana Sgrena Admits to Helping Terrorists, Lies About Shooting (UPDATED)

Here is some of Sgrena's interview with the BBC. You be the judge:

--What did your captors tell you when you were hostage?

That I needed to help them to ask [Silvio] Berlusconi to withdraw the troops. They saw all what happens in Italy, demonstrations against the occupation, demonstrations for my liberation. And so they [became] aware that I was really working against the occupation and people were supporting me and so they told me: "We have seen that you are very appreciated in Italy". And that helped me to be freed.

--Tell us about the car journey you shared with him.

We were on our way to the airport when the tanks started to strike against us and he tried to cover me and he was shot. He died and, me, I was safe but he was dead. [Sgrena now changes her story. It was tanks that fired on the car?]

Editorial update---Check what Sgrena says in this account:
The Americans shone a flashlight at the car and then fired between 300 and 400 bullets at if from an armoured vehicle.
As Charles Johnson says it "Three hundred to four hundred rounds from an armored vehicle ... and there were survivors? OK, go ahead, pull my other leg." Update within an update: Digger notes that the Bonnie and Clyde car was shot about the same number of times but the bodies had 50 bullets in each. Compare that to the man who died. A single wound to the head.

Further, this contradiction from one story to another. BBC:

They started to shoot at us without any light or signal.
vs Guardian
The Americans shone a flashlight at the car and then fired.

More from Sgrena:

--Do you think it was deliberate?

I can't say it was deliberate because we can't say if there was a lack of information. But also a lack of information in this case is [their] responsibility because you are in a war field and you have the responsibility to pass immediately any information.

However, look at what Sgrena says here in her own publication (via Chad at In the Bullpen):
"Everyone knows that the Americans do not like negotiations to free hostages, and because of this I don't see why I should exclude the possibility of me having been the target," she said.

And writing in her left-wing Il Manifesto newspaper, she said upon her release her kidnappers warned her to be careful 'because there are Americans who don't want you to go back'."

Off to edumacate the masses. Will update later.

UPDATE: CNN translates Sgrena's Il Manifesto article (ht: Secure Liberty who got the link from Captain Ed):

I learned to understand what was going on by the behavior of my two guards, the two guards that had me under custody every day. One in particular showed much attention to my desires. He was incredibly cheerful. To understand exactly what was going on I provocatively asked him if he was happy because I was going or because I was staying. ...

I experienced a strange sensation because that word evoked in me freedom but also projected in me an immense sense of emptiness. I understood that it was the most difficult moment of my kidnapping and that if everything I had just experienced until then was "certain," now a huge vacuum of uncertainty was opening, one heavier than the other.

Sounds like your life was really threatened to me. The Italian people deserve to know if the $6 million spent (via Pirate's Cove) on her release came from private or public sources. How is spending that much money justified if she was not in any danger at any time? Further, the money will now be spent on IEDs and other devices which will lead to more death and destruction.

Sgrena's article continues:

They came back: "We'll take you and don't give any signals of your presence with us otherwise the Americans could intervene." It was confirmation that I didn't want to hear; it was altogether the most happy and most dangerous moment. If we bumped into someone, meaning American military, there would have been an exchange of fire. My captors were ready and would have answered. My eyes had to be covered. I was already getting used to momentary blindness.
Notice how she equivocates here? The terrorists would simply fire back....they were forced to put a blind fold on her...none of this is their is the fault of the Americans.
The car kept on the road, going under an underpass full of puddles and almost losing control to avoid them. We all incredibly laughed. It was liberating. Losing control of the car in a street full of water in Baghdad and maybe wind up in a bad car accident after all I had been through would really be a tale I would not be able to tell.
As Captain Ed rightly notes "So they drove through Baghdad fast enough to almost lose control of the car, never slowed down as they approached a checkpoint they knew to be ahead, and the "rain of gunfire and bullets" apparently only hit two of the three people in the car -- hardly likely if the intent was to assassinate everyone in the vehicle. "

Further, this Washington Times article says that the Italians deliberately kep the US in the dark on the whole thing.

They told me that we were less than a kilometer away...when...I only remember fire. At that point, a rain of fire and bullets hit us, shutting up forever the cheerful voices of a few minutes earlier.
This contradicts other versions of her story where she claims she knew they were not approaching a checkpoint.
The driver started yelling that we were Italians. "We are Italians, we are Italians." Nicola Calipari threw himself on me to protect me and immediately, I repeat, immediately I heard his last breath as he was dying on me. I must have felt physical pain. I didn't know why. But then I realized my mind went immediately to the things the captors had told me. They declared that they were committed to the fullest to freeing me but I had to be careful, "the Americans don't want you to go back." Then when they had told me I considered those words superfluous and ideological. At that moment they risked acquiring the flavor of the bitterest of truths, at this time I cannot tell you the rest.
Another admission of what Sgrena's paper has been saying all along. Sgena was deliberately shot by US troops to shut her up.

More on the "harsh conditions" of her captivity:

But the months that I spent in captivity probably changed forever my existence. One month alone with myself, prisoner of my profound certainties. Every hour was an impious verification of my work, sometimes they made fun of me, and they even stretch as far as asking why I wanted to leave, asking me stay. They insisted on personal relationships. It was them that made me think of the priorities that too often we cast aside.
Yeah, sounds like a real "life lesson". I think Wuzzadem sums up my thoughts on her "ordeal".

Here is another interesting exchange where Sgrena tells them they should be kidapping pro-war reporters and American troops, not a fuzzy loveable anti-American like herself:

"Yes because you go speak to the people, we would never [ed: meaning, can't] kidnap a journalist that remains closed in a hotel and because the fact that you say you're against the war could be a decoy." And I would answer almost to provoke them: "It's easy to kidnap a weak woman like me, why don't you try with the American military." I insisted on the fact that they could not ask the Italian government to withdraw the troops. Their political go-between could not be the government but the Italian people, who were and are against the war.
Ok, if Sgrena was really held 'hostage' how did she know where she was and how was it that she was able to describe what the roof of her 'prison' looked like?
Like when it was a first Sunday after the Friday they kidnapped me, in the house in Baghdad where I was kept, and on top of which was a satellite dish they showed me the Euronews Newscast.
Great. I wonder if she got ESPN, cause she might have just missed a few football games. Oh wait, her gentle captors also were fans of Italian football:
"Come watch a movie on TV" they would say while a Wahabi roamed around the house and took care of me. The captors seemed to me a very religious group, in continuous prayer on the Koran. But Friday, at the time of the release, the one that looked the most religious and who woke up every morning at 5 a.m. to pray incredibly congratulated me shaking my hand, a behavior unusual for an Islamic fundamentalist -- and he would add "if you behave yourself you will leave immediately." Then an almost funny incident. One of the two captors came to me surprised both because the TV was showing big posters of me in European cities and also for Totti. Yes Totti. He declared he was a fan of the Roma soccer team and he was shocked that his favorite player went to play with the writing "Liberate Giuliana" on his T-shirt.
And finally, from Cox and Forkum (via Confederate Yankee):

Another update: Michell Malkin finds this nugget:

"Don't believe a word of the U.S. version," said Oliviero Diliberto, secretary of the Italian Communist Party. "There's an attempt to mask what actually happened. The Americans deliberately fired on the Italians."
Another UPDATE:Paul at Wizbang has the DU reaction. No surprises there.

Because of the large numbers of trackbacks, I have not been able to check out what every one in the blogosphere is saying. Also, the man is keeping me down by making me do this thing called 'work'. If you have further Sgrena related info, it is better to e-mail me right now until things cool off.

New post is up on Giuliana Sgrena's Blood Libel Against the US which explores Sgrena's past anti-American utterances; including the accusation that the US was targetting journalists (said long before she was taken hostage), had used mustard gas on civilians, and tortured women in Iraq, and was complicit in the massacre of thousands in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Rusty at 09:00 AM


1 You got to give it to the hairy lipped, commie pasta slurper.

She has the world media eating out of her greasy hand and agreeing with her that the USA is bad.

Dear Lord: Please send this filthy skin bag a horrific case of pooter rot.


Posted by: Ob Snooks at March 07, 2005 09:18 AM

2 Dr. S, have you caught the piece in the Washington Times that the ransome may have been in the $6 million range?

Posted by: William Teach at March 07, 2005 09:47 AM

3 I wonder how she will spend her ransom money? Maybe have that stash waxed?

Posted by: filthy allah at March 07, 2005 10:00 AM

4 Here is the objective (and pathetic) truth: neither the US nor the Irak government nor any other allied faction control so much as the route from Baghdag city center to its airport.

Mission accomplished indeed!

Posted by: Mission Accomplished at March 07, 2005 10:15 AM

5 its not cool to be A commie.....

what a lying weasil she is.

Posted by: rumcrook at March 07, 2005 10:27 AM

6 The leftist whacko fringe groups which are now forming a line to lick the "released" hag's spinkter are the typical America Hating batch of loonies.

Ohh a tank shot at me. ooooohohohohohohooo i need some spoken word poetry to calm me down

Posted by: Earl Dittman at March 07, 2005 10:30 AM

7 Freed hostage says shooting not justified
Giuliana Sgrena said: "Our vehicle was running at normal speed, which could not be misunderstood. It wasn't a checkpoint but a patrol which immediately opened fire after they trained their light on us," she rejected US fears of a possible suicide attack. Her companion Pier Scolari said: "The Americans and Italians knew about [her] car coming. They were 700 meters from the airport, which means that they had passed all checkpoints."

Iraqi Health Ministry confirms use by American occupation forces of internationally prohibited weapons in its attacks on al-Fallujah
Dr Khalid ash-Shaykhli, a representative of the Iraqi Ministry of Health who was authorized to assess health conditions in al-Fallujah after the end of the major battles there, announced that the surveys and studies which a medical team did in al-Fallujah and subsequently reported to the Ministry confirm that US forces used substances that are internationally prohibited -- including mustard gas, nerve gas, and other burning chemicals -- in the course of its attacks on the city.

Officials confirm dropping firebombs on Iraqi troops
What the Marines dropped, the spokesmen said yesterday, were "Mark 77 firebombs." They acknowledged those are incendiary devices with a function "remarkably similar" to napalm weapons. "We napalmed both those (bridge) approaches," said Col. Randolph Alles in a recent interview. He commanded Marine Air Group 11, based at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, during the war. "Unfortunately, there were people there because you could see them in the (cockpit) video. They were Iraqi soldiers there. It's no great way to die,"

Posted by: sword at March 07, 2005 11:10 AM

8 Moonbat alert!!!

I'd take sword's post down, but come-on!! The comedic value alone is worth the 30 seconds to read it.

Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at March 07, 2005 11:41 AM

9 I think our troops need some time on the shooting range. This hag should have taken one in the head.

Posted by: Larrybonjones at March 07, 2005 12:27 PM

10 And not that it matters, but the US never signed off on the treaty making napalm illegal, so neener neener neener...

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at March 07, 2005 12:31 PM

11 Come on Confederate Yankee, haven't you been paying attention to Justice Kennedy? When the U.S. doesn't ratify a treaty, that's now evidence that we the people support the very things we have not agreed to. See part III. Scalia dissent, Roper v. Simmons.

Posted by: SteveL at March 07, 2005 12:52 PM

12 I wouldnt be surprised if she cooked this up with the tango's to get them money for their op's. No journalist is worth $6-8 million. What were the italians thinking ?

Posted by: tom at March 07, 2005 01:07 PM

13 Italians are greasy? Fries, hamburgers, deep fried turkeys, bacon, fried cheese, let’s stop here… Is there any American food culture besides fast greasy food? Oh, aren’t Americans the FATTEST people on earth? Forgot to look into that mirror today you greasy war mongering Jewish ass kissing fat-ass Yank.

Intelligent rhetoric from a bunch of Jew ass kissing inbred gun-totting rednecks!

You are today living the FALL of the American Empire…Savages brought down the Roman Empire, savages will bring down the US, face it.

Posted by: Here's My IP Address... at March 07, 2005 01:09 PM

14 We may be the fattest, the drunkest, the dumbest but.... we still da only superpower so, you can fart in a bottle and sniff it you see.

The Italians are about as brave as the French. Both have woman with lots of hair above the lip and a smell that is a cross between 3 day old fish and badger piss.

America Rocks & the rest of the world can sniff our gas.

Posted by: obsnooks at March 07, 2005 01:21 PM

15 Funny to see the Eurocowards respond with their Anti American jabber..........

When the European filth head back up into the trees, the USA will still be going strong.

Cannot stop the fire you degenerate Europimps!
Bush lit the fuse......BOOOM!!! Democracy is spreading and the commie jacknapes cannot stand it!

Posted by: filthy allah at March 07, 2005 01:23 PM

16 Well, even if we did fire on her, America fights communism... =D The Iraqi people want freedom. They've had a taste, and other countries are seeing just how good it is to be free. To have a voice. The American families are making the biggest sacrifices. If you, leftists, cant see and acknowlege that, then you're colder than you claim America is.

Posted by: American at March 07, 2005 02:42 PM

17 There are some real moonbats here. Nerve gas in Fallujah? Patently ridiculous lies.

Posted by: Robin Roberts at March 07, 2005 05:49 PM

18 What I'd like to know is this; was there still daylight or not? The U.S. military mentions hand and arm signals and then bright lights. This is mentioned as the second "try" to warn the journalist and her escorts. But if it's dark you won't be seeing any hand signals, and if it's daylight, lights aren't going to work too well. Also, she says they were 700 meters from the airport and past all the checkpoints. How far away from the airport does the military say this occurred?

Also, a question for you, Jeff! With all your your far-right sites such as JAWA, are you now only prostituting yourself on a part time basis? How much do they pay you for these propaganda sites and is it more or less than you'd get for whoring?

Posted by: Ellen at March 07, 2005 07:34 PM

19 Ellen, do you kiss your mother with that mouth?

Posted by: Robin Roberts at March 07, 2005 09:33 PM

20 FYI, the Italians are, along with the British, the only members of the original coalition who still are committed to providing long term military support to US troops in Iraq. And they are, you know, European.

I can understand how the citizens of a country with soldiers on the ground (like the US) can hold certain extreme attitudes. What I can't understand is why you would want to insult the only friends you've got left.

By the way, I do appreciate your picking up the bill for the mess your president created. And I do mean *you*.


Posted by: Mission Accomplished at March 08, 2005 06:37 AM

21 You're freaking kidding me right? That post is about the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. How about if we test the theory - I'll shoot you in the head and you see if you die? I'm willing to bet that you DO (moron).

Posted by: Random Guy at March 08, 2005 06:40 AM

22 I am selling tinfoil hats for the Moonbats! It keeps the Gubbamint from reading your thoughts!

$99.99! Just e-mail for your Moonbat Tinfoil Hat!

Posted by: Filthy Allah at March 08, 2005 08:00 AM

23 The Italians are good people, but some of them are a little emotional. We should express our sorrow that this accident occurred . Right or wrong, we won't impress anyone by name calling and it's in poor form since we did screw up and kill the Italian agent no matter the extenuating cicumstances.

Posted by: JP at March 08, 2005 09:03 AM

24 JP, consider the level of name calling. We think the italian trolls who arrived here ( definitely not the bulk of italian citizens, I'm sure ) are nuts. They call us murderers.

Sort of puts who is the worse namecaller into perspective, doesn't it?

Posted by: r at March 08, 2005 06:37 PM

25 You are stupid! You are missing the most obvious piece in this case. The evidence, the car is 'lost' by US no one will ever know the truth, because of the US hiding evidence.

Right wing fucking nut, open your eyes and SEE what your country is doing, instead of writing like an ignorant fool! If your troops hide the evidence so that the truth in this case cannot be exposed, what does that tell you?

Posted by: Kristy at March 10, 2005 10:26 AM

26 Car lost by US troops? We have pictures of it all over the internet. Kristy. Remove that camels dick from your ass.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 11, 2005 12:36 AM

27 Jewish ass kissers? Yea man, That's what all my brother knights due every tuesday night. Just look for Jews who will appreciated our kissing their asses. Just ask one. We'll take the gag off so he can answer you.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 11, 2005 09:07 AM

28 mispelled do so idiots can make a big deal of itt.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 11, 2005 09:10 AM

29 Have to go feed something smarter than a liberal moonbat. My cows.

Posted by: greyrooster at March 11, 2005 09:11 AM

I see that none of your Sgrena car pix show the BACK of the car. I think your site should take into consideration the recent interview of Sgrena by Naomi Klein, another progressive journalist interested in the facts. Naomi describes what she learned from Sgrena in a segment on the show "Democracy Now!" with Amy Goodman, one of your faves, I am sure. You can find a trancsript here:
You have to take the "lefty-" off the url though. the jawa site would not except my post because the democracy now part is "questionable content". Hah!
You can listen on-line to Democracy Now! any old day...

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