Thursday, June 22, 2006

  • Kidnapped in Iraq, Shot by U.S. Forces: Italian Journalist Giuliana Sgrena Says U.S. Army Destroyed Incident Logs; Wants to Meet Soldier Who Killed the Secret Service Agent Who Saved Her

    Sgrena6.22.06

    We spend the hour with Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena. In February 2005, she was kidnapped in Iraq. She was held for one month and then released. As she was being driven to Baghdad International Airport, the car she was riding in came under fire from U.S. forces. Her escort, Major General Nicola Calipari–Italy’s second highest-ranking military intelligence officer–died in the shooting as he tried to protect her. Sgrena was seriously injured.

    The U.S. military has maintained that the shooting was justified and that the car carrying the Italians was traveling at high speeds and refused to stop at a checkpoint. Giuliana Sgrena and the Italian government have denied the U.S. claims. While the Pentagon cleared the troops involved of any wrongdoing, Italian prosecutors are still pursuing the case and requesting the indictment of U.S. Army Specialist Mario Lozano. [includes rush transcript]