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American intelligence officials created a “safe haven” in the US for Nazis after World War II for intelligence gathering purposes, according to a New York Times report published Sunday which cited a 600-page report revealing a secret history of the US government's Nazi-hunting operation.
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The document, which the US Justice Department has tried to keep secret for four years, details decades of clashes with other nations over crimes in the US and abroad.
The report’s most damning disclosures come in assessing the CIA's involvement with Nazi émigrés, according to the newspaper. "Scholars and previous government reports had acknowledged the CIA’s use of Nazis for postwar intelligence purposes. But this report goes further in documenting the level of American complicity and deception in such operations," The New York Times
Divisions within the US government over the legal pitfalls involved in relying on decades-old testimonies from Holocaust survivors were also documented by the report, The Times
In an attempt to conceal the information, the Justice
Department resisted making the report public since 2006. However due to
the increased pressure of an impending law suit, it "turned over a
heavily redacted version in October to a private research the group, the
National Security Archive."The New York Times
then obtained a complete a version after the previous version omitted
many of the most legally and diplomatically sensitive portions.
Justice Department said the report, the product of six years of work,
was never formally completed and did not represent its official
findings," The Times
to newspaper, the report cites help that CIA officials provided in 1954
to Otto Von Bolschwing, an associate of Adolph Eichmann who had helped
develop the initial plans “to purge Germany of the Jews” and who later
worked for the CIA in the US. After learning of Von Bolschwing’s Nazi
ties, the Justice Department sought to deport him in 1981, but he died
that year at age 72, the report claimed.
The report suggested in
its conclusions that the number of Nazis who made it into the US was
almost certainly much smaller than the figure of 10,000 which is widely
cited by government officials, The New York Times