Adolf Eichmann on trial in Jerusalem 521.
(photo credit: JOHN MILLI / GPO)
The German Federal Administrative Court vetoed a bid to release classified
foreign intelligence documents that would reveal Western spies knew where Nazi
war criminal Adolf Eichmann escaped to after World War II, British media
reported on Friday.
The documents are also thought to contain details
about Eichmann’s kidnapping in Argentina by Mossad agents in 1960, as well as
about possible collaboration between Israel and West Germany in the
Eichmann coordinated the deportation of Jews from across
Europe to the Nazi extermination camps.
After he was brought to Israel,
he was put on trial and found guilty of war crimes. He was sentenced to death
and hanged in 1962 – the sole execution in the State of Israel’s
The German court determined the foreign intelligence agency was
within its rights to black out passages from the documents, that were requested
by German daily Bild
. The ruling followed a decision last year in which the
court ordered the Federal Intelligence Service to release classified
reported that West German intelligence knew Eichmann was
in Argentina as early as 1952.
The CIA wrote to its West German
counterpart in 1958 that it had information that Eichmann had lived in Argentina
under the alias “Clemens” since 1952, documents released in 2006 revealed.
Eichmann’s actual alias was Ricardo Klement.
The German intelligence
service said in response to the request to release the documents that most of
the files on Eichmann were already public and only a small portion was blacked
out due to laws on “protecting state security interests.”