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Clinton emails - The struggle of Italy to follow the Western neo-colonial race over the Libyan corpse

On March 16, 2016 WikiLeaks launched a searchable archive for 30,322 emails & email attachments sent to and from Hillary Clinton's private email server while she was Secretary of State. The 50,547 pages of documents span from 30 June 2010 to 12 August 2014. 7,570 of the documents were sent by Hillary Clinton. The emails were made available in the form of thousands of PDFs by the US State Department as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request. The final PDFs were made available on February 29, 2016.


A letter from Clintons' top advisor Sidney Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton in early January, 2013, shows that Italy was struggling to remain in the cruel race for the Libyan resources, which had started already two years ago by the other key Western neo-colonial players, over the Libyan corpse, as the same series of emails reveal.

The most characteristic parts of the letter, concerning Italy, reveal that:

Paolo Scaroni, CEO of the Italian oil firm ENI, was extremely anxious to develop a new, special relationship with the post-revolutionary Libyan government and intended to gain an advantage on other Western firms looking to do business in the country.

Scaroni had the full backing of the Italian government in this matter, under Mario Monti, the puppet technocrat who replaced the democratically elected, Silvio Berlusconi, through an ECB silent coup.

Scaroni proposed a plan calling for an $8.5 billion investment in both ongoing production and new exploration spread over 10 years. The Monti administration believed that this investment could help them deal with the long term economic problems they were facing due to the European debt crisis.

In other words, Italy was hoping to fix its economy through a privileged position on Libya's resources. The most remarkable here, is that Libya was destroyed through direct intervention from the Western neo-colonial powers, while Italy was facing an economic war through failed neoliberal policies imposed by Berlin and by some of these powers. This is a good example of how the neoliberal dictatorship puts entire countries into an arena of brutal fighting for survival.

It was revealed that the new Libyan administration, despite any serious disagreements between the Prime Minister and the President, was fully determined to utilize the Army and police forces, to protect Western interests throughout the country.

Specific parts concerning Italy:

  • ... in December Zidan, Oil Minister Abdulbari al-Arusi and Italian oil firm ENI's CEO Paolo Scaroni met at the Prime Minister's office to discuss ENI plans for developing new operations in Libya. According to an extremely sensitive source, these talks went very well. After the meeting Zidan noted that Scaroni was obviously extremely anxious to develop a new, special relationship with the post-revolutionary Libyan government and intended to gain an advantage on other Western firms looking to do business in the country. This source added that, according to Zidan's staff, Scaroni proposed a plan calling for an $8.5 billion investment in both ongoing production and new exploration spread over 10 years. Later, in discussing the meeting, Zidan and his aides agreed that Scaroni had the full backing of the Italian government in this matter. Zidan added that his contacts in Rome report that the Italian administration believes this investment in Libya will help them deal with the long term economic problems they are facing during the current European debt crisis.

  • According to this sensitive source, the Libyans and Scaroni worked out a rough draft of an initial Memorandum of Understanding, covering an initial investment of approximately $420 million, which will be finalized before Zidan's planned visit to Rome in late January 2013. Before the Tripoli meeting ended the Prime Minister requested that Scaroni consider committing ENI to work on additional operations in the downstream sector under a new office of the Libyan National Oil Corporation, which the Oil Ministry plans to establish in Benghazi. Zidan noted that ENI began working in Libya in 1958, and, in his opinion remains the most important international oil company operating in the country. When Zidan briefed Magariaf on the meeting with Scaroni, the President agreed that the ENI proposal is an important matter for the new Libyan government, however; he cautioned that the recent resignation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti might complicate the affair. Zidan stated that his contacts in Rome assure him that the importance of the new ENI proposal for Libya transcends the ongoing political infighting in Rome. Both the Prime Minister and President agreed that with the prospect of new ENI operations and personnel in Libya, the Army and police forces must be able to improve security conditions for Western interests throughout the country.

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