This sounds quite impressive:
BERLIN/WASHINGTON - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will question U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice over allegations the CIA used airports in Germany for secret flights transporting terror suspects, officials said Monday.
Well, looks like the German government at the time was informed about the CIA activities.
Even worse, titans of moral outrage over American policies such as former Chancellor Schroeder and his Foreign Secretary Fischer (as well as the current Foreign Secretary Steinmeier) were possibly involved in such CIA anti-terror activities for years, as German sources report today (Monday, Dec. 5). The cooperation between the CIA and German authorities apparently worked smoothly:
She (secretary of state Rice) added that "some governments choose to cooperate with the U.S." in intelligence and law enforcement matters and that cooperation is a "two-way street."
The U.S., she said, has shared intelligence that has "stopped terrorist attacks and saved innocent lives, in Europe as well as in the U.S. and other countries." (Source)
I guess German politics and the German media now will have to take their moral outrage to other venues...
Update: Here are excerpts from SPIEGEL ONLINE's English translation hot off the presses:
"In his heyday as leader of Germany, Gerhard Schröder was always ready to demonstrate indignation at how George W. Bush waged his war on terror. He loved to portray himself as the man who kept Germany out of Iraq. On his watch, Germany would have no part in the methods with which America waged its global campaign against al-Qaida. He liked to underline that stance by saying accusations against Washington should be held accountable for its actions.
Schröder's time is over now. But questions about Germany's involvement in the methods of CIA agents operating in Europe are catching up with him as well as with the other political pensioners -- former foreign minister Joschka Fischer and especially former interior minister Otto Schily. Research by the Washington Post, SPIEGEL and other media show that neither the previous government nor the new administration under Angela Merkel should have been surprised about the reports in recent weeks about secret prisoner transports, secret prisons and CIA kidnappings.
It is also becoming ever clearer that the Schröder government was informed in detail and at an early stage about the policy of so-called "extraordinary renditions" and "black sites" across Europe. Cabinet ministers in Berlin clearly didn't just know the dirty details about Bush's unrestricted war on terror by reading the newspapers.
In some cases German intelligence officers even tried to profit from the controversial methods by questioning prisoners who were being held without any legal foundation. Schröder's stance on Iraq was popular and won him votes. But behind its anti-American veil, his government was quietly complicit and was occasionally rewarded for its silence."
Buckle your seatbelts folks. This could just be the tip of the iceberg...
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