Compiled by Bill Gertz
Italians confirm existence of Russian mole
Documents from Iraq's intelligence service reveal that Russia's foreign intelligence service has planted a penetration agent inside the Italian government, U.S. officials said. The mole's existence was confirmed after the British press published a document identifying conversations between Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Nicolo Pollari, head of Italy's Intelligence and Military Security Service [SISMI], revealed the information to Italy's parliament last month after the document appeared in London's Daily Telegraph. Pollari disclosed that SISMI had been searching for a mole in the Italian government since the 1992 defection to Britain of Vasili Mitrokhin, the KGB archivist who revealed information on KGB and Russian espionage operations in the West. Pollari identified the Italian mole as "Il Verme," or the Worm, a penetration agent who spied for the KGB, and continued to work for its successor service, the SVR.
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