The diplomatic advisor: “We received an email from a plausible address and therefore the phone call took place”
“I always believe it is appropriate to assume one’s responsibilities. I understand that it is not very common, but it is my way of being”. Francesco Talò, diplomatic advisor who has resigned from Palazzo Chigi, in an interview with ‘Libero’ reconstructs the episode of the fake phone call to Prime Minister Giorgia Meloniprotagonist of a long conversation with two Russian comedians who passed the checks at Palazzo Chigi by presenting themselves as African diplomats.
“The interlocutor was interesting. We received an email from a plausible address and therefore the phone call took place with its normal preparations. In the conversation the Prime Minister demonstrated perfect coherence between his well-known thoughts and the things that he said,” says Talò.
“This is the episode, it is now clear that the management of the episode could have been better, because otherwise we would not have fallen for the deception. A deception that unites us with many illustrious leaders, equipped with important apparatuses, structures that assist them, Countries that pay considerable attention to security. It shouldn’t happen, but it has happened”, he adds.
“For this reason – he explains – I felt it was right to take responsibility for not having carried out those additional checks which would have been appropriate, albeit in a context of great commitment, of my office being overloaded with work and of the plausibility of the message received. The affair caused a sensation that I believe has not occurred in similar cases elsewhere and so I felt I had to resign, also because I hope that this can contribute to continuing the path started with the Prime Minister which has brought so many important successes to Italian foreign policy this past year, results that are recognized by public opinion and above all in the world”.
“I – he adds – always believe it is appropriate to assume one’s responsibilities. I understand that it is not very common, but it is my way of being. I think I have been coherent, Before my 40-year diplomatic career, I was a Carabinieri officer, this is an experience that has remained with me forever, also because it comes from a family tradition. And this sense of duty, of sacrifice, of always feeling obliged towards the State, the nation, is part of my nature.”