Friday, October 13, 2006

Security Experts' 'Suicides' Called Into Question -- European Media Probe Dangers of Secret Surveillance Systems

"Just after noon on Friday, July 21, Adamo Bove -- head of security at Telecom Italia, the country's largest telecommunications firm -- told his wife he had some errands to run as he left their Naples apartment. Hours later, police found his car parked atop a freeway overpass. Bove's body lay on the pavement some 100 feet below.

Bove was a master at detecting hidden phone networks. Recently, at the direction of Milan prosecutors, he'd used mobile phone records to trace how a 'Special Removal Unit' composed of CIA and SISMI (the Italian CIA) agents abducted Abu Omar, an Egyptian cleric, and flew him to Cairo where he was tortured. The Omar kidnapping and the alleged involvement of 26 CIA agents, whom prosecutors seek to arrest and extradite, electrified Italian media. U.S. media noted the story, then dropped it. "
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About 16 months earlier, in March of 2005, Costas Tsalikidis, a 38-year-old software engineer for Vodaphone in Greece had just discovered a highly sophisticated bug embedded in the company's mobile network. The spyware eavesdropped on the prime minister's and other top officials' cell phone calls; it even monitored the car phone of Greece's secret service chief. Others bugged included civil rights activists, the head of Greece's "Stop the War" coalition, journalists and Arab businessmen based in Athens. All the wiretapping began about two months before the Olympics were hosted by Greece in August 2004, according to a subsequent investigation by the Greek authorities.

Tsalikidis, according to friends and family, was excited about his work and was looking forward to marrying his longtime girlfriend. But on March 9, 2005, his elderly mother found him hanging from a white rope tied to pipes outside of his apartment bathroom. His limp feet dangled a mere three inches above the floor. His death was ruled a suicide; he, like Adamo Bove, left no suicide note.
hmm...smells like the CIA....

thanks to the Meatball for the lead.


Blogger M1 said...

I s'ppose M One and The Meatball are fair enuff tradeoffs. ;)

Friday, October 13, 2006 at 5:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger M1 said...

btw , found this post at another site...thought perhaps it might be related to something you posted about previously.

Friday, October 13, 2006 at 5:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger steve said...

thanks, M One! Somehow that sounds like a rifle...

By the description, that Italian object sounds exactly like a fireball.

there's this one, too, but YouTube seems to be down right now:

Chinese UFO fireball seen in sky - tv newscast

Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 5:10:00 PM PDT  

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