American troops who fatally shot an Italian intelligence agent last week on the road to Baghdad’s airport were part of extra security provided by the Army to protect U.S. Ambassador John D. Negroponte, a U.S. official said Thursday.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Sgrena have disputed the Army’s version of events, including a claim that the car was speeding and ignored signals to stop.
The Army has acknowledged that the checkpoint was temporary but has given no details about why it was set up. The day after the shooting, Lt. Col. Clifford Kenta, a spokesman for the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, said the checkpoint was not permanent.
So, a “special security detail” killed a left wing journalist who had openly criticized US actions in Iraq? And we are just learning now that this was not a routine checkpoint. Um, what else haven’t we been told?