Europe Tracks CIA Operations
Reporting on CIA's alleged use of European facilities in secret counterterrorism operations continues to proliferate in the European online media.
Spain's El Mundo reported Monday that the European Union's justice commissioner has asked all EU countries and countries applying for admission to check the veracity of The Washington Post's Nov. 2 report that the CIA runs a secret detention facility in an East European country. But the commissioner, Franco Frattini, rejected calls from liberal and left-of-center parliamentarians for an official investigation, according to the EU Observer.
The Observer also reported that Italy and Germany are considering separate judicial inquiries into the alleged CIA kidnapping and rendition of terror suspects in Europe.
Diario de Mallorca noted Tuesday that the New York Times had confirmed the Spanish paper's own scoop from earlier this year: That at least sixteen flights linked to the CIA had landed on the Balearic Islands, off Spain's Mediterranean coast, over the past two years. El Pais reported that the Spanish defense minister said such flights would be "grave and intolerable" but that the government had "no proof or indication" that they had taken place.
In Sweden The Local news site reported that two CIA planes landed at four Swedish airports, once in September and once in 2002.
The Iceland Review reports that a local TV station is reporting that CIA planes have stopped in Keflavik and Reykjavik 67 times since 2001. The headline -- "Stopover for Torture."
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