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Belgian leader orders bank inquiry

Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt of Belgium has asked the Justice Ministry to investigate whether a banking consortium here broke the law when it aided the U.S. government’s anti-terrorism activities by providing it with confidential information about international money transfers. The group, known as the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, or Swift, has come under scrutiny following a report last week by The New York Times and other American newspapers that it allowed officials from the CIA, the FBI and other agencies to examine tens of thousands of confidential financial transactions. Full Story

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