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Profile: Zakaria Yaou Maiga


Positions that Zakaria Yaou Maiga has held:

  • First Embassy Counselor of Niger Embassy in Rome, Italy




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Zakaria Yaou Maiga actively participated in the following events:


March 2000      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       Rocco Martino, an Italian information peddler and former SISMI agent, meets with an Italian intelligence source who is an employee at the Niger embassy in Rome. The employee is a 60-year-old lady known only as “La Signora.” What happens next is not clear. [La Repubblica, 10/24/2005; Sunday Times, 8/1/04; Financial Times, 8/2/04; Talking Points Memo, 11/10/2005]
According to Rocco Martino - Over the next several months, La Signora provides Martino with numerous documents. First comes a “codebook,” then a dossier, which includes a mixture of fake and genuine documents, and then finally, a purported agreement between Niger and Iraq on the sale of 500 tons of uranium oxide, also known as “yellowcake.” [Talking Points Memo, 11/10/2005]
According to La Repubblica - With the blessing of Antonio Nucera, the deputy chief of the SISMI center in Viale Pasteur in Rome, Martino and La Signora hatch a plan to break into the Niger embassy (see January 2, 2001) to steal material that could be used to create a collection of forged documents that Martino would then sell to French intelligence. They reportedly solicit the help of Nigerien First Embassy Counselor Zakaria Yaou Maiga. [La Repubblica, 10/24/2005]
People and organizations involved: Zakaria Yaou Maiga, Antonio Nucera, Rocco Martino

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