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Profile: Silvio Berlusconi


Positions that Silvio Berlusconi has held:

  • Prime Minister of Italy




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Silvio Berlusconi actively participated in the following events:


Shortly after September 11, 2001      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi reportedly puts pressure on Nicolo Pollari, chief of SISMI, Italy's military intelligence service, to provide US with intelligence in an effort to please the Bush administration and make Italy a top US ally. [La Repubblica, 10/25/2005]
People and organizations involved: Nicolo Pollari, Bush administration, Silvio Berlusconi

(Late September 2001-Early October 2001)      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       According to author James Bamford, SISMI passes on details of the alleged Iraq-Niger uranium deal “to the Executive Committee of the Intelligence and Security Services (CESIS), which in turn passe[s] it on to the Faresine, the Italian Foreign Ministry, and to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at his office in Rome's Palazzo Chigi. Only the Farnesina raise[s] ‘strong objection’ and ‘reservations’ about the report—primarily from the African Countries Directorate. They [are] greatly concerned about the reliability of the information.” [Bamford, 2004, pp 303]
People and organizations involved: Italian Foreign Ministry, Committee of the Intelligence and Security Services, Silvio Berlusconi, SISMI

(12:10 p.m.) July 21, 2003      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       President George Bush and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice Meet with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Crawford, Texas. [ABC News, 7/21/03; White House, 7/21/2003]
People and organizations involved: Silvio Berlusconi, Condoleezza Rice, George W. Bush

October 31, 2005      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       After meeting with President George Bush in Washington, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi tells Italian reporters, “Bush himself confirmed to me that the USA did not have any information [about alleged uranium sales from Niger to Iraq] from Italian [intelligence] agencies.” [Think Progress, 11/2/2005]
People and organizations involved: George W. Bush, Silvio Berlusconi

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