Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Who Shot The Pope? He Will Go Free.

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press Writer Suzan Fraser, Associated Press Writer – 1 min ago
ANKARA, Turkey – The gunman who wounded Pope John Paul II said Wednesday he would answer questions about the 1981 attack after he is released from prison next week.

Little is known about what led Mehmet Ali Agca to shoot at the pope while he was greeting the faithful in St. Peter's Square, but rumors have swirled about whether foreign powers had conspired to have the Polish-born pontiff killed.

"I will answer to all of these questions in the next weeks," Agca said in a letter written in English and released by his lawyers.

Historians, law enforcement officials and John Paul's followers have long sought answers about the attack, including whether it was a plot to assassinate the pope whose championing of Poland's Solidarity labor movement figured in the demise of communism in the Soviet bloc.

When Agca was arrested minutes after the attack, he declared he had acted alone. Later, he suggested Bulgaria and the Soviet Union's KGB were behind the attack, but then backed off that line. His contradictory statements, including claims to be a Messiah, have frustrated prosecutors over the decades and raised questions about his mental health.

The pope met and forgave Agca in 1983 while the gunman was serving a 19-year sentence in an Italian prison. On Monday, Agca ends another 10-year prison sentence for killing a Turkish journalist in 1979.

Italian magistrate Rosario Priore has said he was convinced there was a plot against the pope and that Agca did not act alone, but he failed to convince a jury in Rome in 1986 that Bulgaria and the Soviet KGB were involved.

The Italian jury acquitted six defendants — three Bulgarians and three Turks — in the "Bulgarian connection" case. An appeals trial in 1987 reached the same conclusion.

John Paul himself gave his take on the question, saying during a 2002 visit to Bulgaria that he never believed there was a Bulgarian connection.

But in his book "Memory and Identity: Conversations Between Millenniums," the pope said of his attacker and the shooting: "someone else planned it, someone else commissioned it." John Paul died in 2005.

Two years before Agca's 1981 attack on the pope, he had escaped from a Turkish military prison while serving time for the murder of Turkish journalist Abdi Ipekci.

In the letter released Wednesday, Agca said he would answer whether there was any link between the Nov. 25, 1979, escape and an alleged Kremlin document dated the same day and claiming that Moscow had decided to kill the pope.

He said he would also discuss the unsolved 1983 disappearance of a Vatican messenger's 15-year-old daughter. At one point, people claiming to have kidnapped the girl reportedly demanded Agca's release in exchange for her safe return, but Italian officials said there was not enough evidence that the kidnapping and the pope's shooting were linked. Claims have also surfaced in recent years that mobsters might have kidnapped the girl and killed her.

In a recent letter to The Associated Press, Agca said he wanted to visit the Vatican after his release.


Associated Press Writer Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara contributed to this report.

THAT IS WHAT THE AP SAYS. In 1999 Gordon Thomas cleared up this whole mystery of who shot the Pope and why.

This is it in a nutshell.
On May 13, 1981 Mehmet Ali Agca (MAA) was in St. Peter's Square along with thousands of others. The cassock of John Paul II (JP) had been altered to allow the wearing of a flak jacket. JP had been warned by William Casey (WC) to beware. JP refused to wear the flak jacket. At 1700 the Popemobile entered the Square. At 1718 the first shot rang out. MMA fired three shots. The first entered the stomach; the second hit JP's right hand; the third 9-mm bullet hit his right arm.

After six hours of surgery JP was convinced that the Blessed Virgin had saved him for a greater work.
After a three day trial in Rome in July 1981, MAA was sentenced to life imprisonment.
MAA was a former member of the Grey Wolves a terrorist group. They had carried out similar acts for the KGB, but the KGB was not behind the attack on JP.
It was the successor to the Shah who had called JP the "Commander to the Crusades" , "Commander Pope" and "the infidel in Rome". Killing JP was intended to be the opening move in a holy war against the West.
A brilliant plan had been conceived to confuse everyone. It would make the KGB point their fingers at the CIA, and vice versa. In January 1981, MAA was flown to Tripoli to meet with a renegade CIA agent, Frank Terpil (FT). Then MAA was flown to Sofia, Bulgaria. So Russians were trying to cast blame on the Americans; and, the US was trying to claim the Russians had orchastrated the plot using the Bulgarians.
(Gideon's Spies, G. Thomas, p239-250)


ichbinalj said...

Bible historians have always said that the conflict between the US and the USSR, the Cold War, would not initiate the next world wide conflagration. Sure enough when the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended. It was never a holy war.
The so-called War on Terror is a holy war. The December 25, 2009 Christmas terrorist attempt to blowup Delta's flight to Detroit was the latest publicized incident in a war that started with the May 13, 1981 attempted assination of Pope John Paul II.

ichbinalj said...

The AP is normally very reliable. They usually get their facts straight. This was just plain wrong. This was a poor job of researching or no research at all. Why? Who planted this piece of Black Propaganda or misinformation?

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ichbinalj said...

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