Sep
01
2000

The Real Ali Agca Connection

Media miss U.S. ties to Turkish terrorists

When would-be papal assassin Mehmet Ali Agca was pardoned by the Italian government and sent back to his native Turkey in June, a New York Times editorial (6/16/00) typified the prevailing U.S. media spin. The lead of the editorial described the commutation of Agca's life sentence for the May 1981 papal shooting as "a reminder that cold-war mysteries may still lie buried in the archives of the former Soviet Union and the East bloc." Over the years, the Times and other U.S. news outlets vigorously promoted the theory that the Soviet KGB, acting through its Bulgarian secret service proxy, was […]