Scandal in Italian politics. A senior official appointed by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni resigned after it became known that he sent a work email quoting Benito Mussolini.
Claudio Anastasio took over last November as head of 3-I, a public company in charge of managing state IT services.
An email sent to 3-I’s administrative board led to his resignation, states. La Repubblica.
Corporate mail with a fascist touch
“But then, oh gentlemen, what butterflies are we going to look for under the Arch of Tito? And well, I declare here, before you and before the whole Italian government, that I assume (I alone!), the responsibility of 3-I (political! moral! historical!) for all that has happened. If more or less mutilated sentences are enough to hang a man, out with the stick and out with the rope! If 3-I has been my fault, to me the responsibility of this, because this historical, political and moral climate I have fed it in my role”, the e-mail said.
One of the recipients was struck by the tone of the email, so he decided to do a reverse lookup in. Google. There he discovered that Claudio Anastasio had copied a famous speech given by the fascist Benito Mussolini January 3, 1925.
After the newspaper La Repubblica published the mail, Anastasio resigned irrevocably.