I have posted this in "Politics" (rather than "Et Cetera") only because it concerns a political figure. I don't expect the topic to attract much political discussion. A striking headline appeared in the on-line Guardian: Berlusconi vows to leave 'shitty' Italy in conversation recorded by police I can't imagine that appearing in a major newspaper in the US. An Italian publication gives the specific words: My translation (which may contain errors, but the odd grammatical structures reflect those of the original): "I am absolutely calm. . . . They tell me what aim, it's the only thing they can say of me. . . . Is that clear? While I . . . They set spies on me wherever they want. . . . They monitor my phone calls. . . . I don't give a fuck. . . . I . . . . In a few months I'm leaving for my c--- . . . On the other hand and so I'm leaving this shitty country, which I'm sick of. . . . Period, end of story!" Well, he certainly got one thing right: they were listening to his phone calls!