TV News LIES

Tuesday, Sep 30th

Last update06:57:41 PM GMT

You are here News Human Rights U.S. allowed Italian kidnap prosecution to shield higher-ups, ex-CIA officer says

U.S. allowed Italian kidnap prosecution to shield higher-ups, ex-CIA officer says

E-mail Print PDF

Sabrina Da SousaA former CIA officer has broken the U.S. silence around the 2003 abduction of a radical Islamist cleric in Italy, charging that the agency inflated the threat the preacher posed and that the United States then allowed Italy to prosecute her and other Americans to shield President George W. Bush and other U.S. officials from responsibility for approving the operation.

Confirming for the first time that she worked undercover for the CIA in Milan when the operation took place, Sabrina De Sousa provided new details about the “extraordinary rendition” that led to the only criminal prosecution stemming from the secret Bush administration rendition and detention program launched after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The cleric, Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr, was snatched from a Milan street by a team of CIA operatives and flown to Egypt, where he was held for the better part of four years without charges and allegedly tortured. An Egyptian court in 2007 ruled that his imprisonment was “unfounded” and ordered him released.

Among the allegations made by De Sousa in a series of interviews with McClatchy:

– The former CIA station chief in Rome, Jeffrey Castelli, whom she called the mastermind of the operation, exaggerated Nasr’s terrorist threat to win approval for the rendition and misled his superiors that Italian military intelligence had agreed to the operation.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


U.S. may keep secret prisoners in custody after Afghan war exit

secret prisoner in AfghanistanThe fate of a group of prisoners held in near-total secrecy by U.S. forces at a...

Edward Snowden honored with ‘alternative Nobel’

Edward SnowdenEdward Snowden was among the winners Wednesday of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to...

California protesters block Israeli-owned ship

Zim shanghaiOfficials say a group of pro-Palestinian protesters are again blocking an Israeli-owned ship from unloading its...

Emma Watson tells men in powerful UN speech: 'Gender equality is your issue, too'

emma Watson at UNActress Emma Watson not only stirred the Internet with her recent moving speech before the United...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!