President Obama Blocks US Torture Probe

Obama Bin Bush at work.



3. February 2011

2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Madrid SPAIN: PROSECUTOR WEIGHS GTMO CRIMINAL CASE VS. FORMER USG OFFICIALS http://wikileaks.ch/cable/2009/04/09M…

2010-12-01 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Madrid SPAIN: ATTORNEY GENERAL RECOMMENDS COURT NOT PURSUE GTMO CRIMINAL CASE VS. FORMER USG OFFICIALS http://wikileaks.ch/cable/2009/04/09M…

One of the just released cables obtained by WikiLeaks sent from the US Embassy in Madrid to the State Department details how in its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. The document says the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.

The U.S. Embassy in Madrid has made in recent years significant resources to stop or boycott the court cases in Spain against U.S. political and military officials allegedly involved in cases of torture in Guantanamo war crimes in Iraq and kidnappings on flights the CIA. La legación diplomática estadounidense ha dejado constancia escrita de esa actividad en algunos de sus miles de documentos secretos, clasificados o reservados a los que ha tenido acceso EL PAÍS. The U.S. embassy has left a written record of that activity in some of its thousands of secret documents, classified or restricted to those who had access COUNTRY.

The ambassador between 2005 and 2009, Eduardo Aguirre, appointed by the Bush administration, has personally directed many of the pressures on the Spanish Government or the Spanish judicial authorities, but the secret reports it appears that the U.S. had the support of important contacts in Spain. Entre estos destacan los del fiscal general del Estado, Cándido Conde-Pumpido, y varios fiscales de la Audiencia Nacional, especialmente su jefe, Javier Zaragoza. These include the state attorney general, Candido Conde-Pumpido, and several prosecutors from the Audiencia Nacional, especially your boss, Javier Zaragoza.

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