Sunday, March 13, 2005

Americans were not trying to kill me, Italian hostage now decides

News: "Americans were not trying to kill me, hostage decides
By Peter Popham in Rome

12 March 2005

The Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who was wounded by American fire last Friday soon after being released by kidnappers in Baghdad, has said that she does not think that the Americans were trying to kill her. 'I never said that they wanted to kill me,' she said on a television talk show, 'but the mechanics of what happened were those of an attack.'

In an interview with The Independent, her partner, Pier Scolari, said: 'None of us is so stupid as to think the Americans did it on purpose. But the dynamic was that of an ambush and we want a convincing explanation of what happened, because the first American explanation was totally false.'

Ms Sgrena, who writes for the daily newspaper Il Manifesto, was freed last Friday after a month in captivity. Two Italian government ministers have said that a ransom was paid to secure her release, although the Foreign Minister, Gianfranco Fini, has denied it."
Ms Sgrena was widely quoted as saying that the Americans may have wanted to kill her "because they dislike the Italian policy of negotiating with the hostage-takers". But this week she rejected the idea.

After the shooting, she said: "A soldier opened the door on the right-hand side. When he saw us, I had the impression that he was upset. I seem to remember him saying, 'Oh shit!' And when more turned up in an armoured car, I had the sensation that they were unhappy about what had happened."

Wow. Bet she's a terrible reporter. She was involved in the incident, and can't make up her mind about what happened. Her story changes every day. As far as I'm concerned, she gave millions to the terrorists (ransom), and should be held accountable as an accomplice to murder of innocent Iraqi women and children. Negotiating with terrorists is a crime in my opinion.

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