Judge: Italian spies likely knew of CIA kidnap

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

The Milan judgesaid, however, that state secrecy drew "a sort of black curtain" aroundthe role of Italy's secret services in the kidnapping, making itimpossible to reach a legal decision regarding the responsibility ofItalian agents.

Judge Oscar Magi made the comments in the217-page reasoning for his November guilty verdicts against 23Americans and two Italians in the 2003 kidnapping of the Egyptiancleric. The convictions remain the first legal convictions anywhere inthe world involving the CIA's extraordinary renditions program.