For most of us, Italy is associated with cappuccino, fine leather and great art. But among all the culture, it turns out, is a hotbed of international espionage. It's where forged documents that led to the Iraq War were cooked up and where secret abductions have been carried out.
Italian investigative reporter Carlo Bonini has been uncovering this Roman spies' nest. Big names in American journalism like Seymour Hersh have been listening to him. Now, we can too.
This hour On Point: the Italian connection in the war on terror.
Carlo Bonini, co-author of "Collusion: International Espionage and the War on Terror," and investigative reporter at La Republica in Rome
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly
This program aired on April 18, 2007.