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27 July 2003
Previously published forged Nigerien documents:
David Loepp writes:
Last Friday the Berlusconi weekly "Panorama" published an article by Elisabetta Burba in which she tells her version of how she got the Niger documents, realized they were false, and on advice from her editor-in-chief, turned copies over to the US Embassy in Rome in October 2002. She asserts that she received seventeen pages of documents and a Niger codebook from 1967. The story is at
In the layout of the print version of the weekly many of the published pages are overlapping, so it is not possible to have full and good copies of the new documents. I hope you can eventually get better copies from other sources.
Attached you will find two new documents with my translations. In keeping with previous translations by Lars, I have done my best to put them in equivalently bad English.
The document "Global Support" (English brandname in the original) refers to an utterly ridiculous coalition of "Islamic" nations put together during the annual meeting of the FAO in Rome, to combat western injustices.
REPORT ON THE MEETING REALIZE[D] WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN OF ACTION "GLOBAL SUPPORT"
Our group, which met today June 14, 2002, at 4 PM in the residence of the Iraqi ambassador, via della Camillucia n° 355 in Rome has determined as follows:
The group directed by the ambassadors of Niger, Sudan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Iran have [plural in original] decided that "Global Support" which is composed of specialists belonging to different military corps of the allied countries will be active immediately.
We are convinçed [sic] that the high profession of the military belonging to "Global Support" are [subjunctive plural in original] qualified with considerable experiences and very diversified in the sectors of defence and security and without a doubt they are responsible for the tasks assigned to them.
The Global Support (our group) is active worldwide, in all areas and extreme climates.
The competences of the members of Global Support are the following:
- Our support will above all be extended to:
governments submitted to an embargo;
governments continually suspected, and without just cause, of producing nuclear, bacteriological, chemical weapons; governments accused, without just cause, of international terrorism;
Islamic patriots accused of belonging to criminal organizations, to cells having non-existent ramifications;
SEAL OF THE EMBASSY IN ROME OF THE REPUBLIC OF NIGER
REPUBLIC OF NIGER
Niamey, August 28, 2001
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration
Directorate of Nigeriens Abroad
[..] 6093/ MAE/C/IA/DNE[?]
[From] the Minister to the Ambassador of Niger [in] Rome
It is our pleasure to inform you that the delivery of the chemical merchandise- U 92 (238.028 9) has finally concluded today August 28, 2001.
All documents concerning this operation have been remitted to the NITRA Transit Society which will assure transportation from Niamey to Cotonou via Lomé.
For the Minister and P.O.
MAIGA[?] DJIBRILLA AMINATA
SIGNED AND SEALED WITH THE SEAL OF THE MINISTRY