US embassy cable - 02ROME1196 (original version)

AS PREDICTED, ITALY'S HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT GENERATES FODDER FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL MILLS (original version)

Identifier: 02ROME1196
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Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-03-07 10:13:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PHUM OPRC OPRC OPRC OPRC IT ITPHUM ITPHUM ITPHUM HUMAN RIGHTS
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ROME 001196 
 
SIPDIS 
 
C O R R E C T E D  C O P Y (ADDED INFO ADDEES) 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/WE, EUR/PPD AND DRL 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/05/2007 
TAGS: PHUM, OPRC, OPRC, OPRC, OPRC, IT, ITPHUM, ITPHUM, ITPHUM, HUMAN RIGHTS 
SUBJECT: AS PREDICTED, ITALY'S HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT 
GENERATES FODDER FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL MILLS 
 
REF: A. STATE 40721 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 02        ROME  01196  01 OF 02  082030Z 
     B. ROME 1098 
     C. ROME 894 
     D. MYRIAD POST-DEPARTMENT E-MAILS FROM 10/01-02/02 
     E. ROME 348 
 
CLASSIFIED BY: POL MINCOUNS THOMAS COUNTRYMAN, REASONS 1.5 (B) 
AND (D). 
 
1.  (C)  SUMMARY:  AS POST PREDICTED, THE U.S. COUNTRY REPORT 
FOR ITALY PROVIDED IMMEDIATE GRIST FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL 
MILLS.  PAPERS POUNCED ON THE REPORT TO TRUMPET "HUMAN 
RIGHTS:  U.S. 'FLUNKS' ITALY;" "POLICE ABUSES IN ITALY;" AND 
ESPECIALLY "MISTREATMENT OF DETAINEES" BY THE ITALIAN POLICE 
DURING G-8 MEETINGS LAST JULY, WITH THE ONGOING STORY THAT 
"THE FIFTEEN PAGES THAT THE REPORT DEVOTES TO ITALY LOOK LIKE 
A FULL-FLEDGED INDICTMENT OF THE BEHAVIOR OF THE GOVERNMENT 
DURING THE G-8 IN GENOA."  ABSENT THE GUIDANCE REQUESTED FROM 
THE DEPARTMENT (REFS B AND C), WE HAD TO IMPROVISE IN OUR 
DISCUSSIONS WITH THE FOREIGN MINISTRY, WHICH WAS NOTICEABLY 
IRRITATED BY THE REPORT.  INTERIOR MINISTER SCAJOLA EXPRESSED 
HIS DISAPPOINTMENT IN A MARCH 5 MEETING WITH THE AMBASSADOR. 
END SUMMARY. 
 
2.  (SBU)  POLOFF DELIVERED THE ITALY HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT TO 
MFA NORTH AMERICA OFFICE DIRECTOR GERI SCHIAVONI AND  HUMAN 
RIGHTS OFFICE COUNSELOR ALBERTO CECCARELLI MARCH 5.  (MUTUAL 
SCHEDULING CONFLICTS HAD PREVENTED DELIVERY THE AFTERNOON OF 
MARCH 4, PRIOR TO WASHINGTON PUBLICATION, BUT THE MFA WAS 
AWARE THAT THE REPORT WAS TO BE RELEASED AND THAT WE WERE 
SEEKING TO DELIVER IT IN ADVANCE OF ITS PUBLIC RELEASE.) 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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3.  (SBU)  AS WE HAD PREDICTED (REFS B, C, AND D), THE 
ITALIAN PRESS HAD A FIELD DAY WITH THE REPORT.  SOME OF THE 
CHOICER HEADLINES INCLUDED:  "'NO-GLOBALS' WERE MISTREATED. 
THE U.S. CRITICIZES ITALY" (CENTRIST CORRIERE DELLA SERA); 
"POLICE ABUSES IN ITALY" (LEFTIST LA REPUBBLICA); "HUMAN 
RIGHTS:  U.S. FLUNKS ITALY" (CENTRIST LA STAMPA); "HUMAN 
RIGHTS:  DEPARTMENT OF STATE - THE U.S. TO BERLUSCONI: 
'LEGALITY IN DANGER'" (LEFTIST L'UNITA).  LA REPUBBLICA 
CONTINUED THAT "THE FIFTEEN FULL PAGES THAT THE REPORT 
DEVOTES TO ITALY LOOK LIKE A FULL-FLEDGED INDICTMENT OF THE 
BEHAVIOR OF THE GOVERNMENT DURING THE G-8 IN GENOA.  THERE 
ARE ALSO EMBARRASSING REFERENCES TO SILVIO BERLUSCONI, WHO IS 
MENTIONED REGARDING FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND THE LEGAL 
SYSTEM." 
 
4.  (C)  OUR MFA INTERLOCUTORS MADE CLEAR THEIR 
DISSATISFACTION WITH THE REPORT.  "THE ITALY REPORT IS THAT 
LONG?"  SCHIAVONI ASKED IN AMAZEMENT.  "WHY WOULD YOU WRITE 
SO MUCH ON ANOTHER DEMOCRACY?"  SCHIAVONI, NORMALLY AMONG OUR 
MOST GRACIOUS AND GOOD-NATURED OF CONTACTS, CHASTISED POLOFF 
AT LENGTH ABOUT THE NEED FOR POST TO ENSURE THAT WHAT WAS 
REPORTED ABOUT ITALY WAS CONVEYED IN THE PROPER CONTEXT AND 
PROVIDED WITH SUFFICIENT NUANCE.  "THAT'S WHAT AN EMBASSY'S 
RESPONSIBILITY IS," HE INSISTED.  (COMMENT:  WE AGREE.  END 
COMMENT.) 
 
5.  (C)  IN THE ABSENCE OF THE GUIDANCE REPEATEDLY (REFS B 
AND C) REQUESTED, WE WERE FORCED TO "WING IT" IN OUR 
CONVERSATION AT THE MFA.  (FOR BETTER OR WORSE, PRESS REPORTS 
WERE WRITTEN BY WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENTS.  ROME-BASED MEDIA 
HAVE NOT CONTACTED US FOR CLARIFICATION OR COMMENT.)  WE 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 04        ROME  01196  01 OF 02  082030Z 
EMPHASIZED THAT THE ITALIAN REPORT WAS WRITTEN UNDER THE SAME 
GUIDELINES AS THOSE FOR ALL COUNTRIES, AND URGED OUR 
INTERLOCUTORS TO COMPARE THE ITALIAN REPORT WITH THE ONES FOR 
GERMANY OR FRANCE, FOR EXAMPLE.  (SCHIAVONI AND CECCARELLI 
WERE NOT IMPRESSED.)  WE URGED THEM TO READ THE REPORT ITSELF 
AND NOT PRESS ARTICLES "INTERPRETING" IT.  WE ESPECIALLY 
CLARIFIED THAT THE REPORT DRAWS NO CONCLUSIONS AS TO THE 
GUILT OR INNOCENCE OF THOSE CONNECTED WITH EVENTS SURROUNDING 
THE JULY G-8 SUMMIT, NOTES ACCURATELY THE CONTEXT OF THE 
EVENTS, AND EXPLAINS THAT A GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE 
EVENTS IS ON-GOING.  WE URGED THE GOI ALSO TO REFRAIN FROM 
DRAWING INFERENCES ON THE BASIS OF THE REPORT. 
 
6.  (C)  IN A MARCH 5 MEETING WITH THE AMBASSADOR, INTERIOR 
MINISTER SCAJOLA -- WHO REMAINS UNDER FIRE FROM THE 
OPPOSITION FOR LAST JULY'S EVENTS LARGELY, AS WE HAVE 
REPORTED, BECAUSE THE CENTER-LEFT HAS SO FEW ISSUES THAT 
RESONATE AMONG THE ITALIAN PUBLIC -- EXPRESSED HIS 
DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE REPORT, BASED ON PRESS REPORTING. 
THE AMBASSADOR URGED SCAJOLA TO READ THE REPORT ITSELF, NOT 
MEDIA ACCOUNTS OF IT.  DCM CLARIFIED THAT THE REPORT WAS 
WRITTEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH DEPARTMENT GUIDANCE AND THE 
ITALIAN REPORT WAS SIMILAR TO THAT FOR CANADA, GERMANY, 
FRANCE OR ANY WESTERN COUNTRY.  SCAJOLA ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE 
SECTIONS OF THE REPORT HE HAD TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN DID NOT 
ENTIRELY MATCH PRESS STORIES ABOUT IT, BUT REMAINED 
DISAPPOINTED THAT THE REPORT HAD PROVIDED AMMUNITION TO THE 
OPPOSITION. 
 
7.  (C)  COMMENT:  POST WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE LINE 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 05        ROME  01196  01 OF 02  082030Z 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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O 071013Z MAR 02 ZDK 
FM AMEMBASSY ROME 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2621 
INFO EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE 
AMCONSUL MILAN 
AMCONSUL FLORENCE 
AMCONSUL NAPLES 
 
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 ROME 001196 
 
SIPDIS 
 
C O R R E C T E D  C O P Y (ADDED INFO ADDEES) 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/WE, EUR/PPD AND DRL 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/05/2007 
TAGS: PHUM, OPRC, IT 
SUBJECT: AS PREDICTED, ITALY'S HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT 
GENERATES FODDER FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL MILLS 
 
ESTABLISHED IN THESE MEETINGS, URGING ALL TO AVOID 
INFERENCES, PARTICULARLY CONCERNING EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 02        ROME  01196  02 OF 02  082031Z 
G-8 DEMONSTRATIONS OR PM BERLUSCONI'S JUDICIAL PROCESSES.  IN 
PARTICULAR, STATEMENTS OF FACT IN THE REPORT SHOULD NOT BE 
READ AS JUDGMENTS OR AS A SCORECARD.  WE REMAIN DISSATISFIED 
WITH THE ITERATIVE PROCESS OF DRAFTING THIS YEAR'S REPORT. 
ALTHOUGH SEVERAL OF OUR CONCERNS WERE ADDRESSED AT THE END, 
THE FINAL PRODUCT IS NOT AS CONSISTENT OR DEFENSIBLE AS IT 
SHOULD HAVE BEEN. 
 
8.  (C)  COMMENT, CONTINUED:  WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE AN 
ALREADY DELICATE SITUATION -- WHERE THE USG HAS BEEN DRAWN 
INTO THE CENTER-LEFT OPPOSITION'S PREVIOUSLY LARGELY UNHEARD 
ACCUSATIONS AGAINST A RELATIVELY POPULAR GOVERNMENT -- MADE 
WORSE.  ABSENT ANY OTHER ATTRACTIVE ISSUE, OPPOSITION 
PARLIAMENTARIANS AND THEIR PRESS COUNTERPARTS WILL CONTINUE 
TO RESURRECT THE GOVERNMENT'S HANDLING OF THE G-8 AND 
BERLUSCONI'S JUDICIAL CASES.  AND FROM NOW ON, THEY WILL -- 
RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY -- PROCLAIM USG "SUPPORT" FOR THEIR POINT 
OF VIEW.  WE HOPE THAT OUR MFA CONTACTS, LIKE MINISTER 
SCAJOLA, WILL READ THE REPORT AND MOVE ON -- ALTHOUGH WE 
EXPECT TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE FURTHER EXCHANGE ONCE THEY HAVE 
HAD TIME TO READ THE REPORT CAREFULLY.  UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE 
NOT ABLE TO CONTROL THE TENOR OF MEDIA REPORTS, AND AS WE 
NOTED REF E, MEDIA WARS ARE A CONTINUATION OF POLITICS BY 
OTHER MEANS.  ITALY'S OPPOSITION WILL CONTINUE TO HURL THE 
STONES THAT COME TO HAND IN THEIR EFFORTS TO UNSEAT A POPULAR 
PRIME MINISTER, AND WE JUST HANDED THEM SOME NEW ONES. 
POPE 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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      SRPP-00  EB-00    VC-00    H-01     TEDE-00  INR-00   IO-00 
      LAB-01   L-00     VCE-00   NSAE-00  NSCE-00  OIC-02   OPIC-01 
      PC-01    PM-00    PRS-00   P-00     SP-00    STR-00   TRSE-00 
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O 071013Z MAR 02 
FM AMEMBASSY ROME 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2620 
INFO EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE 
 
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 ROME 001196 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/WE, EUR/PPD AND DRL 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/05/2007 
TAGS: PHUM, OPRC, IT 
SUBJECT: AS PREDICTED, ITALY'S HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT 
GENERATES FODDER FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL MILLS 
 
REF: A. STATE 40721 
     B. ROME 1098 
     C. ROME 894 
     D. MYRIAD POST-DEPARTMENT E-MAILS FROM 10/01-02/02 
     E. ROME 348 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 02        ROME  01196  01 OF 02  071049Z 
CLASSIFIED BY: POL MINCOUNS THOMAS COUNTRYMAN, REASONS 1.5 (B) AND (D). 
 
1.  (C)  SUMMARY:  AS POST PREDICTED, THE U.S. COUNTRY REPORT 
FOR ITALY PROVIDED IMMEDIATE GRIST FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL 
MILLS.  PAPERS POUNCED ON THE REPORT TO TRUMPET "HUMAN 
RIGHTS:  U.S. 'FLUNKS' ITALY;" "POLICE ABUSES IN ITALY;" AND 
ESPECIALLY "MISTREATMENT OF DETAINEES" BY THE ITALIAN POLICE 
DURING G-8 MEETINGS LAST JULY, WITH THE ONGOING STORY THAT 
"THE FIFTEEN PAGES THAT THE REPORT DEVOTES TO ITALY LOOK LIKE 
A FULL-FLEDGED INDICTMENT OF THE BEHAVIOR OF THE GOVERNMENT 
DURING THE G-8 IN GENOA."  ABSENT THE GUIDANCE REQUESTED FROM 
THE DEPARTMENT (REFS B AND C), WE HAD TO IMPROVISE IN OUR 
DISCUSSIONS WITH THE FOREIGN MINISTRY, WHICH WAS NOTICEABLY 
IRRITATED BY THE REPORT.  INTERIOR MINISTER SCAJOLA EXPRESSED 
HIS DISAPPOINTMENT IN A MARCH 5 MEETING WITH THE AMBASSADOR. 
END SUMMARY. 
 
2.  (SBU)  POLOFF DELIVERED THE ITALY HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT TO 
MFA NORTH AMERICA OFFICE DIRECTOR GERI SCHIAVONI AND  HUMAN 
RIGHTS OFFICE COUNSELOR ALBERTO CECCARELLI MARCH 5.  (MUTUAL 
SCHEDULING CONFLICTS HAD PREVENTED DELIVERY THE AFTERNOON OF 
MARCH 4, PRIOR TO WASHINGTON PUBLICATION, BUT THE MFA WAS 
AWARE THAT THE REPORT WAS TO BE RELEASED AND THAT WE WERE 
SEEKING TO DELIVER IT IN ADVANCE OF ITS PUBLIC RELEASE.) 
 
3.  (SBU)  AS WE HAD PREDICTED (REFS B, C, AND D), THE 
ITALIAN PRESS HAD A FIELD DAY WITH THE REPORT.  SOME OF THE 
CHOICER HEADLINES INCLUDED:  "'NO-GLOBALS' WERE MISTREATED. 
THE U.S. CRITICIZES ITALY" (CENTRIST CORRIERE DELLA SERA); 
"POLICE ABUSES IN ITALY" (LEFTIST LA REPUBBLICA); "HUMAN 
RIGHTS:  U.S. FLUNKS ITALY" (CENTRIST LA STAMPA); "HUMAN 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 03        ROME  01196  01 OF 02  071049Z 
RIGHTS:  DEPARTMENT OF STATE - THE U.S. TO BERLUSCONI: 
'LEGALITY IN DANGER'" (LEFTIST L'UNITA).  LA REPUBBLICA 
CONTINUED THAT "THE FIFTEEN FULL PAGES THAT THE REPORT 
DEVOTES TO ITALY LOOK LIKE A FULL-FLEDGED INDICTMENT OF THE 
BEHAVIOR OF THE GOVERNMENT DURING THE G-8 IN GENOA.  THERE 
ARE ALSO EMBARRASSING REFERENCES TO SILVIO BERLUSCONI, WHO IS 
MENTIONED REGARDING FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND THE LEGAL 
SYSTEM." 
 
4.  (C)  OUR MFA INTERLOCUTORS MADE CLEAR THEIR 
DISSATISFACTION WITH THE REPORT.  "THE ITALY REPORT IS THAT 
LONG?"  SCHIAVONI ASKED IN AMAZEMENT.  "WHY WOLD YOU WRITE 
SO MUCH ON ANOTHER DEMOCRACY?"  SCHIVONI, NORMALLY AMONG OUR 
MOST GRACIOUS AND GOOD-ATURED OF CONTACTS, CHASTISED POLOFF 
AT LENGTH AOUT THE NEED FOR POST TO ENSURE THAT WHAT WAS 
REORTED ABOUT ITALY WAS CONVEYEDIN THE PROPER CONTEXT AND 
PROVIDED WITH SUFFICIENT NUANCE.  "THAT'S WHAT AN EMBASSY'S 
RESPONSIBILITY IS," HE INSISTED.  (COMMENT:  WE AGREE.  END 
COMMENT.) 
 
5.  (C)  IN THE ABSENCE OF THE GUIDANCE REPEATEDLY (REFS B 
AND C) REQUESTED, WE WERE FORCED TO "WING IT" IN OUR 
CONVERSATION AT THE MFA.  (FOR BETTER OR WORSE, PRESS REPORTS 
WERE WRITTEN BY WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENTS.  ROME-BASED MEDIA 
HAVE NOT CONTACTED US FOR CLARIFICATION OR COMMENT.)  WE 
EMPHASIZED THAT THE ITALIAN REPORT WAS WRITTEN UNDER THE SAME 
GUIDELINES AS THOSE FOR ALL COUNTRIES, AND URGED OUR 
INTERLOCUTORS TO COMPARE THE ITALIAN REPORT WITH THE ONES FOR 
GERMANY OR FRANCE, FOR EXAMPLE.  (SCHIAVONI AND CECCARELLI 
WERE NOT IMPRESSED.)  WE URGED THEM TO READ THE REPORT ITSELF 
AND NOT PRESS ARTICLES "INTERPRETING" IT.  WE ESPECIALLY 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 04        ROME  01196  01 OF 02  071049Z 
CLARIFIED THAT THE REPORT DRAWS NO CONCLUSIONS AS TO THE 
GUILT OR INNOCENCE OF THOSE CONNECTED WITH EVENTS SURROUNDING 
THE JULY G-8 SUMMIT, NOTES ACCURATELY THE CONTEXT OF THE 
EVENTS, AND EXPLAINS THAT A GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE 
EVENTS IS ON-GOING.  WE URGED THE GOI ALSO TO REFRAIN FROM 
DRAWING INFERENCES ON THE BASIS OF THE REPORT. 
 
6.  (C)  IN A MARCH 5 MEETING WITH THE AMBASSADOR, INTERIOR 
MINISTER SCAJOLA -- WHO REMAINS UNDER FIRE FROM THE 
OPPOSITION FOR LAST JULY'S EVENTS LARGELY, AS WE HAVE 
REPORTED, BECAUSE THE CENTER-LEFT HAS SO FEW ISSUES THAT 
RESONATE AMONG THE ITALIAN PUBLIC -- EXPRESSED HIS 
DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE REPORT, BASED ON PRESS REPORTING. 
THE AMBASSADOR URGED SCAJOLA TO READ THE REPORT ITSELF, NOT 
MEDIA ACCOUNTS OF IT.  DCM CLARIFIED THAT THE REPORT WAS 
WRITTEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH DEPARTMENT GUIDANCE AND THE 
ITALIAN REPORT WAS SIMILAR TO THAT FOR CANADA, GERMANY, 
FRANCE OR ANY WESTERN COUNTRY.  SCAJOLA ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THE 
SECTIONS OF THE REPORT HE HAD TRANSLATED INTO ITALIAN DID NOT 
ENTIRELY MATCH PRESS STORIES ABOUT IT, BUT REMAINED 
DISAPPOINTED THAT THE REPORT HAD PROVIDED AMMUNITION TO THE 
OPPOSITION. 
 
7.  (C)  COMMENT:  POST WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THE LINE 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
                           CONFIDENTIAL     PTQ2122 
 
PAGE 01        ROME  01196  02 OF 02  071049Z 
ACTION EUR-00 
 
INFO  LOG-00   NP-00    AID-00   AMAD-00  CIAE-00  INL-00   DODE-00 
      SRPP-00  EB-00    VC-00    H-01     TEDE-00  INR-00   IO-00 
      LAB-01   L-00     VCE-00   NSAE-00  NSCE-00  OIC-02   OPIC-01 
      PC-01    PM-00    PRS-00   P-00     SP-00    STR-00   TRSE-00 
      USIE-00  IIP-00   SNIS-00  NISC-00  PMB-00   PRM-00   DRL-02 
      G-00     SAS-00     /008W 
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O 071013Z MAR 02 
FM AMEMBASSY ROME 
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2621 
INFO EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE 
 
C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 02 OF 02 ROME 001196 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR EUR/WE, EUR/PPD AND DRL 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/05/2007 
TAGS: PHUM, OPRC, IT 
SUBJECT: AS PREDICTED, ITALY'S HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT 
GENERATES FODDER FOR DOMESTIC POLITICAL MILLS 
 
ESTABLISHED IN THESE MEETINGS, URGING ALL TO AVOID 
INFERENCES, PARTICULARLY CONCERNING EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH 
G-8 DEMONSTRATIONS OR PM BERLUSCONI'S JUDICIAL PROCESSES.  IN 
PARTICULAR, STATEMENTS OF FACT IN THE REPORT SHOULD NOT BE 
READ AS JUDGMENTS OR AS A SCORECARD.  WE REMAIN DISSATISFIED 
WITH THE ITERATIVE PROCESS OF DRAFTING THIS YEAR'S REPORT. 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
PAGE 02        ROME  01196  02 OF 02  071049Z 
ALTHOUGH SEVERAL OF OUR CONCERNS WERE ADDRESSED AT THE END, 
THE FINAL PRODUCT IS NOT AS CONSISTENT OR DEFENSIBLE AS IT 
SHOULD HAVE BEEN. 
 
8.  (C)  COMMENT, CONTINUED:  WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE AN 
ALREADY DELICATE SITUATION -- WHERE THE USG HAS BEEN DRAWN 
INTO THE CENTER-LEFT OPPOSITION'S PREVIOUSLY LARGELY UNHEARD 
ACCUSATIONS AGAINST A RELATIVELY POPULAR GOVERNMENT -- MADE 
WORSE.  ABSENT ANY OTHER ATTRACTIVE ISSUE, OPPOSITION 
PARLIAMENTARIANS AND THEIR PRESS COUNTERPARTS WILL CONTINUE 
TO RESURRECT THE GOVERNMENT'S HANDLING OF THE G-8 AND 
BERLUSCONI'S JUDICIAL CASES.  AND FROM NOW ON, THEY WILL -- 
RIGHTLY OR WRONGLY -- PROCLAIM USG "SUPPORT" FOR THEIR POINT 
OF VIEW.  WE HOPE THAT OUR MFA CONTACTS, LIKE MINISTER 
SCAJOLA, WILL READ THE REPORT AND MOVE ON -- ALTHOUGH WE 
EXPECT TO HAVE AT LEAST ONE FURTHER EXCHANGE ONCE THEY HAVE 
HAD TIME TO READ THE REPORT CAREFULLY.  UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE 
NOT ABLE TO CONTROL THE TENOR OF MEDIA REPORTS, AND AS WE 
NOTED REF E, MEDIA WARS ARE A CONTINUATION OF POLITICS BY 
OTHER MEANS.  ITALY'S OPPOSITION WILL CONTINUE TO HURL THE 
STONES THAT COME TO HAND IN THEIR EFFORTS TO UNSEAT A POPULAR 
PRIME MINISTER, AND WE JUST HANDED THEM SOME NEW ONES. 
POPE 
 
                       CONFIDENTIAL 
 
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