Sunday, June 26, 2005

NYT: "In Italy, Anger at U.S. Tactics Colors Spy Case" (Stephen Grey & Don Van Natta, Jr.)

The extraordinary decision by an Italian judge to order the arrest of 13 people linked to the Central Intelligence Agency on charges of kidnapping a terrorism suspect here dramatizes a growing rift between American counterterrorism officials and their counterparts in Europe.
European counterterrorism officials have pursued a policy of building criminal cases against terrorism suspects through surveillance, wire-taps, detective work and the criminal justice system. The United States, however, has frequently used other means since Sept. 11, 2001, including renditions - abducting terror suspects from foreign countries and transporting them for questioning to third countries, some of which are known to use torture.
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When the Italians began investigating, they said, they were startled to find evidence that some of the C.I.A. officers who had been helping them investigate Mr. Nasr were involved in his abduction.
"We do feel quite betrayed that this operation was carried out in our city," a senior Italian investigator said. "We supplied them information about Abu Omar, and then they used that information against us, undermining an entire operation against his terrorist network."

The above is from Stephen Grey and Don Van Natta, Jr.'s "In Italy, Anger at U.S. Tactics Colors Spy Case" from this morning's New York Times. This is a follow up to their report yesterday "13 With The C.I.A. Sought By Italy In A Kidnapping" (see yesterday morning's entry for link).
Also note that Don Van Natta, Jr. is credited in yesterday's entry as "Don Van Natta." Today the "Jr." is added. He was billed without yesterday (by the paper, we've got Saturday's paper in front of us) so there will be no correction to that.

We (this entry done by Ava and C.I.) will also note that the paper's finally moved away from qualifiers with regards to rendention. This is a strong story and one worth reading.

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