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Red Brigade backlash for Italy's police

Italian intelligence officers were reported yesterday to be bracing themselves for a vast retrospective investigation after the discovery that an alleged Red Brigades terrorist arrested last week had a high-level security clearance that gave him access to classified state documents. Marco Mezzasalma, 40, from Rome, was one of seven people accused of belonging to the reborn far-left terror group. A report in yesterday’s Corriere della Sera newspaper said he worked as a computer technician for a firm based in Pomezia, near Rome, which manufactures electronic devices for the defence industry. The newspaper said the company had just created a navigational system for the US Black Hawk helicopter, which is deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Police sources were quoted as saying that he had been given his security clearance five years ago by Italy’s central security office. An investigation appeared not to have detected contacts between Mr Mezzasalma and known leftwing extremists. The links were uncovered by the inquiry into the Red Brigades. Full Story

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