Gianfranco Battelli

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Person.png Gianfranco BattelliRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
SISMI Director on 9-11, who reports that he refused to cooperate in kidnapping terrorist suspects for the CIA.

Employment.png SISMI/Director

In office
4 November 1996 - 30 September 2001
Preceded bySergio Siracusa
Succeeded byNicolò Pollari


Gianfranco Battelli revealed in 2006 (after the kidnapping of Abu Omar in 2003[1]) that a few days after 9/11. The CIA station chief in Rome paid him a visit to ask whether SISMI would cooperate in the kidnapping of suspected terrorists and sending them overseas. Battelli, who declined to cooperate, recalled in a deposition, that he was "expressly referring to the possibility of picking up a suspected terrorist in Italy, bringing him to an airport and sending him from there to a foreign country."[2]

Der Spiegel states that "Battelli, whose retirement was imminent, didn't even register any form of protest. He simply recommended having a word with his successor."[3]

Battelli's employment as SISMI/Director ended on 30 September 2001.[How?]


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