Fransesco Pazienza

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Person.png Fransesco Pazienza  Rdf-icon.png
(spook, businessman)
Fransesco Pazienza.jpg
Born 1946
Monteparano, Italy
Nationality Italian
Alma mater University of Rome

Francesco Pazienza is an Italian spook convicted of involvement in the in the Banco Ambrosiano.


He worked as a business consultant in France during the 1970s.

He was a friend of Michael Ledeen.[citation needed]

Legal status

As of April 2007, he has been paroled to the community of Lerici,[1] after serving many years in prison, including a 1993 conviction due to his role in the Banco Ambrosiano scandal,[2] and a 1982 conviction for mishandling state secrets.[3]

Extradition to Italy

A first extradition request from Italy was handed to the U.S. government in 1984, but Pazienza was not yet arrested. His arrest come only on March 4, 1985.


  1. "Faccenderie Pazienza Volontario Pubblica Assistenza Lerici". ANSA. 2007-04-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Olivetti Chief Convicted in Bank Scandal". The Guardian. 1993-04-17. p. 21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Tale of Intrigue: How an Italian Ex-Spy Who Also Helped U.S. Landed in Prison Here". Wall Street Journal. 1985-08-07. p. 1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>