Thursday, June 21, 2007. Silvio Berlusconi receives a phone call from Agostino Saccà, a national TV broadcaster RAI director. An example of how an Italian-way exchange of favours happens.
The reason of the call is simple: Agostino Saccà needs political help from the head of the the opposition (actually Mr Urbani, a man of the PdL - People of Liberty party - is “acting like an ass-hole”) and Silvio Berlusconi – as usual, since he's “torn by the requests” – needs to fix a couple of acquaintances up with a television role.
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The acquaintances are the Neapolitan actress Elena Russo and Evelina Manna (a would-be actress and alleged girlfriend of the Italian Silvio).
Elena Russo's case would get a little help later on, as Berlusconi will become the Prime Minister. She's the protagonist of a TV spot explaining that the right-wing government solved the problem of waste in Naples.
Here's the lines:
Narrator: “Naples had a problem, let's not talk about that again. We know what was that. Than the Government intervened. And when the Government, the State, does something it's just like all the Italian did it.
But now we need the commitment of everybody, who lives there and comes to visit. Let's keep it clean. It's more beautiful”.
Elena Russo: “Thank you. Naples. Beautiful yesterday, beautiful today, beautiful tomorrow”.
The transcripts of the interceptions leaked in December 2007 (most of the media published it on the 20th) and led to a corruption investigation, dismissed by Mr Berlusconi's fans as another barbarous act of left-wing journalism by Mr Berlusconi's fans.