Judge: Italian spies likely knew of CIA kidnap

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 1, 2010 20:47

 
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An Italian judge said Monday it is likely that Italy's military intelligence agency was aware of, or maybe even complicit in, the CIA-led kidnapping of an Egyptian terrorism suspect from the streets of Milan.




The Milan judge said, however, that state secrecy drew "a sort of black curtain" around the role of Italy's secret services in the kidnapping, making it impossible to reach a legal decision regarding the responsibility of Italian agents.




Judge Oscar Magi made the comments in the 217-page reasoning for his November guilty verdicts against 23 Americans and two Italians in the 2003 kidnapping of the Egyptian cleric. The convictions remain the first legal convictions anywhere in the world involving the CIA's extraordinary renditions program.


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