Monday, January 16, 2006

EU states "collaborated" with the CIA - offical

Hardly a surprise - after all, the US remains a close ally even with all the various policy disagreements. Rather shows up official denials of any knowledge of "extraordianry rendition" though, eh?

"EU governments have “collaborated, tolerated or looked away” from secret CIA operations on European soil, a high-profile investigation is set to conclude next week.

"Dick Marty, the Swiss senator who is leading a Council of Europe inquiry into clandestine CIA detention centres and flights, is set to conclude his probe on January 23...

"'For two or three years countries knew exactly what was going on,... Some countries actively collaborated, some tolerated while others simply looked away.'”

“...'It's not possible to transport people from one place to another in such a manner without the secret services knowing about it,' the senator insisted.

“'The question is: was the CIA really working in Europe? I believe we can say today, without a doubt, yes.'”
Update: The BBC had something on this on Saturday, but I missed it. Weekend, and all that. There's been little interest shown elsewhere that I've noticed in any case, which is a tad odd. But the British government, at least, was very careful (once again) not to make any outright denials... After all, if there's no paperwork, it never happened, right?

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