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Italy downplays Red Brigades file find

The Italian government reassured the nation yesterday that the notorious Red Brigades have been defeated despite the discovery of detailed files kept by the group on dozens of top figures including the Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. The revelation that the Brigades had computer records of addresses and daily routines of politicians, union leaders, economists and magistrates had sparked fears of a resurgence of domestic terrorism. Giuseppe Pisanu, the interior minister, said yesterday he was confident that all the new generation of “brigatisti” who embarked on a campaign of homicidal violence five years ago had now been captured. He said Red Brigades members still at liberty adhered to a “second position” which rejects assassination as an instrument of political struggle. “Results of the investigations show that the Red Brigades have been defeated,” he told the Rome daily La Repubblica.Full Story

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