ER Editor: We’re going to let Italian journalist Cesare Sacchetti frame this story with his Twitter comment of this morning:
As a reminder, a satellite from Italian defense contractor Leonardo is believed to be the means by which data manipulation in the US election was done via the US embassy in Rome, receiving information from and transmitting it back to Frankfurt. The Vatican is believed to have been in charge of this satellite, while the Italian government, as a shareholder in the company, is also implicated. See Italygate Part 1: Is The Italian Govt Directly Involved in US Election Fraud against Trump? [VIDEO] and Italygate, Part 2: Obama and Renzi Accused of Being Masterminds of US Electoral Fraud.
And we also have this story from Zerohedge that the Italian government could fall any time. Former PM Matteo Renzi has been implicated along with Obama in masterminding the US election fraud. Giuseppe Conte, current PM, looks set to get the boot imminently. See 131 Governments In 160 Years:
As DB’s Jim Reid wrote overnight, with the current turmoil in US politics it’s easy to miss the perennial political problems that are again resurfacing in Italy. PM Conte’s government could collapse as soon as tonight now that PM Renzi (leader of Italia Viva party) has withdrawn his support even if he is only a tiny, junior partner in the coalition.
Note that Zerohedge is accounting for this significant change as just yet another government to fall in Italy, which takes none of what is really happening into account.
Bribery, 10 Leonardo managers and two Google companies investigated in Milan
At the centre of the investigation, in which Leonardo is the injured party, bribes and sums of money from tax fraud were transferred to tax havens through online platforms
Military officers from the Guardia di Finanza of Milan have acquired, at Leonardo’s offices in Rome and Pomigliano d’Arco (Naples), documents as part of an investigation by the Public Prosecutor Gaetano Ruta for money laundering, tax offences and corruption among private individuals. The latter is an offence for which 10 managers of the group, which is an injured party, are responsible. Google Ireland and Google Payments are also under investigation: they allegedly allowed ‘the transfer of sums of money from tax fraud’.
The payments of the alleged bribes were made through the Google Payments service, which made it possible to hide the identity of the persons involved. This is the stratagem that was used to pay bribes, identified by the Milanese prosecutor Gaetano Ruta, head of an investigation for money laundering, tax offences and corruption among private individuals that has also touched Leonardo, considered by the public prosecutor to be an offended party.
Ten managers of the group are under investigation for various reasons. In addition to them, four other people and three companies are under investigation, including Google Ireland and Google Payments, the platform that was allegedly used to carry out the transactions resulting from the corruption, preventing the identification of those who made the transfers. For this reason, the officers of the financial police unit of the Guardia di Finanza went to the offices in Rome and Pomigliano d’Arco (Naples) and acquired documents useful for the investigation.
Some executives of the supplier company Trans-Part srl, based in Milan and under investigation, allegedly paid to managers of the former Finmeccanica group gifts and fees to obtain orders, also against fictitious contracts. A round of bribes in the form of extra or monthly or annual fees, commissions “out of pocket” on contracts awarded and gifts such as fuel vouchers or to spend in shops of computers, telephones, TVs and appliances, and then objects of appreciable value as branded pens.
According to the reconstruction of the Italian police, the black funds were diverted from orders paid by Leonardo and transferred with this stratagem in tax havens and then disappear. It would amount to at least 6 million euros of funds left in this way from Italy to foreign countries from 2012 to 2018. A sea of money ended up, through a Transpart group company based in the USA, in offshore companies based in Panama, Great Britain and Ireland. The transfers returned to Italy, however, amounted to 400 thousand euros, but are probably destined to increase since and ‘yet to be established the overall value of the corrupt system.
An ingenious system that would not have been possible without the technology offered by the Tech Mountain View giant, which “allowed the transfer of sums of money resulting from tax fraud, hindering the identification of the criminal origin”, writes Prosecutor Ruta in the order to produce acts and documents delivered to Leonardo. “In particular – the document states – the remittances were made through the interposition of the company Google Pay Limited Ltd, without it being possible to trace the identification” of those who made the transfers.
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