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Testimony Helps Detail CIA’s Post-9/11 Reach

A few days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the CIA station chief in Rome paid a visit to the head of Italy’s military intelligence agency, Adm. Gianfranco Battelli, to float a proposal: Would the Italian secret services help the CIA kidnap terrorism suspects and fly them out of the country? This initial secret contact and others that followed, disclosed in newly released documents, show the speed and breadth with which the CIA applied in post-9/11 Europe a tactic it had long reserved for the Third World — “extraordinary rendition,” the extrajudicial abduction of Islamic radicals overseas for interrogation in friendly countries. Full Story

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