The reputable German news magazine has sparked uproar in its latest issue by proclaiming that Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili started the war by attacking South Ossetia on August 7, 2008
Der Spiegel, citing “confidential documents,” opens its article inside the downtown office of Heidi Tagliavini, the Swiss diplomat in charge of the European Union’s Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG).
“From her office on Avenue de la Paix… Heidi Tagliavini, 58, looks out onto the botanical gardens in peaceful Geneva,” begins the sensational story ("A Shattered Dream in Georgia"). “The view offers a welcome respite from the stacks of documents on her desk, which deal exclusively with war and war blame.”
There is just one problem: Tagliavini’s office strongly denies that any sort of interview took place between the German pu
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