Wednesday, January 31, 2007

13 CIA agents have been targeted in German warrants in connection with the rendition of German citizen Khaled el Masri from Macedonia on to Afghanistan and then back to Albania once it was realized that he was not the Khaled el Masri they were looking for (NYT).

Plane records have established connections between the Americans who stayed in a hotel in Mallorca and the rendition of el Masri. The names of these 13 people are probably fake, and this warrant will probably function as a political commentary about extraordinary rendition rather than as a tool to place these Americans on trial.

Angela Merkel has told the press that Condoleezza Rice apologized to her about the mistaken rendition of el Masri, as he was not the terrorist suspect the U.S. was looking for. Rice has denied making any apology about the case.

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