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Report Says EU Nations Knew About CIA Jails


A new report by the European Parliament accuses some European governments of being aware of alleged CIA abductions, transportation and detentions of alleged terrorist suspects. From Paris, Lisa Bryant reports the findings add to growing allegations some European capitals colluded with the U.S. intelligence agency.

Issued Tuesday, the European Parliament report accuses a number of European governments of cooperating either passively or actively with the CIA at some point in alleged detentions and renditions of possible terrorist suspects to third countries.

It says a total of 1,245 CIA-operated flights flew through European airspace or stopped in airports in the region.

The report singles out Poland and Italy, in particular, as being involved in these activities. And it criticizes Warsaw for not cooperating in its investigation.

The parliamentary report follows similar allegations leveled earlier this year by the Council of Europe, the regions top human rights body.

Still, French analyst Philippe Moreau de Farges doubts this latest report will have much impact.

"I don't think there will be something beyond the European Parliament report," he said. "For one reason: The other [European] governments will not do anything. Because they don't want to accuse one of their own."

Human rights groups have also pressured U.S. and European governments to investigate the alleged CIA activities.

The cases of at least two alleged victims of CIA detention centers have also sparked lawsuits or protests against the U.S. government.

And this month, the Italian government dismissed the chief of its intelligence service, which is accused of aiding in the alleged CIA abduction of an Egyptian cleric.

Italy's judiciary also issued arrest warrants against alleged CIA officers theoretically involved with the operation.

But Mr. de Farges is not so certain that other countries, including Poland, will be interested in examining their own potential involvement in the alleged CIA activities.

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