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Sweden refuses to release CIA flight info

Published: 19 Dec 2011 18:06 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Dec 2011 18:06 GMT+01:00

When two human rights organizations asked 28 countries for information in order to map out CIAs secret air transports of terror suspects, Sweden was one of three countries refusing to give out any details.

”All flights that are not regular flights are classified under Sweden's secrecy legislation” confirmed Caroline Karlsson, advisor to minister for infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd.

Denmark, Finland and Norway are among seven countries that have shared their information, while Sweden, Canada and Portugal refuse, according to Access Info Europe, one of the organizations behind the study.

The American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released 27,128 documents to the two organizations, Access Info Europe and Reprieve.

So far, Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, has joined Sweden, Canada and Portugal in refusing to give out any information.

Five countries, including Great Britain, say they don't have the information requested by the organizations, while 13 countries have so far failed to answer.

One incident when a CIA plane touched down on Swedish soil, receiving significant attention in Swedish media, was the flight transporting Egyptians Mohammad Alzery and Ahmed Agiza from the Bromma airport in Stockholm to Egypt in 2001, where they later were tortured in prison.

Sweden has previously been slammed by human rights organizations about its part in the incident.

The actions of the Swedish security service Säpo has been criticized but the highest authority belonged to Sweden's foreign minister at the time, Anna Lindh.

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19:14 December 19, 2011 by Kaethar
I get why it's kept confidential but I'd prefer greater transparency when it comes to this. Any abuses (like with the two Egyptians) is bound to get out in the open in any case but it's important for human rights organizations to have access to info regarding the organizational structures of these deportations to find any potential systematic flaws. That's something countries themselves cannot do - you need to look at the bigger picture involving CIA transports of terrorist suspects all over the world.

Also, what's with the last sentence? Sounds as if you're implying something... ;)
20:25 December 19, 2011 by philster61
Wait for Wikileaks to release them .... I bet Assange knows something, any wonder he wants to avoid Rendition , sorry extradition to Sweden .....sorry US....
21:16 December 19, 2011 by Kaethar
Is Assange a terrorist suspect now? And if he did "know something" he would have released it already to help (or rather, sideline) his case. I agree with you that Wikileaks (or other such services) can help build a more transparent society though, yes.
22:47 December 19, 2011 by philster61
Kaether, In the eyes of most Americans Assange IS a terrorist... Should he be renditioned to the US which is the most likely outcome if he is extradited to Sweden, he will be charged with espionage which carries a death penalty........
00:17 December 20, 2011 by Sting
A dark day in Sweden indeed. Muslims around the world are the most troubled in the West for the past 10 years. All my Muslim acquaintances often speak greatly about Scandinavian countries and consider it the most civilized and humane. I tend to agree. However, with the story of Egyptian men handed over to CIA few years ago without a trial, and now this, does highlight the dark secrets of contemporary Swedish politics and judiciary.

How can anybody blame Assange for choosing to stay in UK knowing it is the closest American ally? At least the judiciary is still effective there.
01:59 December 20, 2011 by Ian C. Purdie - Sydney
Sweden's image in the world has suffered a huge battering in rcent times. This is always an inevitable consequence of brown nosing America and the CIA.

God knows what the average citizen of Sweden makes of being lumped in with America, Britain and Israel.

@philster61 : Americans regard everyone on the planet as terrorists while everyone on the planet ragards America as the greatest terrorist organisation ever.

"renditioned to the US which is the most likely outcome if he is extradited to Sweden, he will be charged with espionage which carries a death penalty"

In which event watch America/Australia relations sour to the lowest level ever, no matter what our brown nosing government and opposition think.

No American will ever be welcome in Australia again and you can pack up your bases and get the hell out of here.
02:06 December 20, 2011 by shahislam
If any government is honest enough then, there is nothing to be kept secret for the sake of earning respect of the Global public that will eventually learn every secret thing because of digital advancement.

Strictest Security even cannot guarantee life and death matters as we have only 50% control at our human end. All these security machines surely can provide fortunes for a group of businessmen that have got small minded public representatives in western governments at their grips. Without these machines an insignificant number of innocent passengers would have been killed by mentally sick, suicidal minded ordinary looking guys of Palestinian-type origins (e.g. all the 9/11 hijackers were from that said particular area and Pakistanis just handled the mysterious funds and the stupid -Terrorist minded: Bin Laden, had he been caught alive and put in a fair trial, could divulge to the World how an elusive party funded by Insurance and Oil -business money created a trapped situation of 9/11 demolition things only to save and financially benefit the master planners: a group of competitor-less monopoly businessmen of natural resources and modern Insurance industry). "Do or Die" situations or assassinations are therefore, not good at all and only guys get benefited by these kinds of heinous and immoral acts (unavoidably supported by politically dishonest and bad part of most modern democracy) are unscrupulous minds with characteristics of something like Hedgehogs and snakes.

Please note that according to recent counting 4,500 innocent guys of USA and One million Iraqi died despite having trillions of US$ dollar costing security equipments as protectors.

Now, Iraq will become much safer without security providing -billions of US $ dollars costing machines and stuffs, for which US public shall have to pay many yeras to come. Good knowledge and wisdom are more strongly effective than terror causing weapons to positively change the bacterial type emotional states of human minds....

All we and the global public need is awareness of establishment of a new UN Think Tank consisting of satiably less greedy, wise and happy positive minded guys -capable of positively changing the minds or the persons in governments of the world starting with the West first; optimistically, under prudent leadership of someone so balanced like Mr. Barack Obama. I am sure, Mr. Obama and his family do not have earnings from business of neither bombs nor security equipments but public beneficial good books and he (Truly honour deserving, Honorable Mr. Barack Obama) will be happy with One million dollar annual personal income, sacrificing rest of the millions of dollar honest earning for the benefit of the public of USA, if every wealthy Congressman /businessman follow the same Tax rules to be implemented in the USA first and to be applied to the rest of the world gradually.
03:44 December 20, 2011 by sgt_doom
I see, and people (or trolls) still wonder why anyone would be suspicious of the questionable rush to extradite Wikileaks' Assange, especially to Gothenborg, (Goteborg) where resides Jeppesen Systems AB, a subsidiary of Boeing of America, whose Jeppesen Dataplan is also wellknown as "extreme rendition" airlines.

Trinity of Honor

On Dec. 17, of last year, Mohamed Bouazizi of Tunis, martyr, loving and respectful son and engineering graduate, made the ultimate sacrifice by his political statement protest by setting himself on fire, leading to the overthrow of a longstanding dictatorship in Tunisia.

On Dec. 16, Bradley Manning finally had his first day in court, after being illegally incarcerated for 19 months for alleged whistleblowing by turning over a war crime video and documents exposing the absolute corruption of America.

On Dec. 16, Wikileaks' Julian Assange was granted his right to appeal by the UK court --- to a highly questionable, law-ignoring extradition by Sweden.
05:04 December 20, 2011 by RobinHood
It seems Sweden does have some kind of "understanding" with the US over the illegal rendition of people into US custody. Wierd!
11:18 December 20, 2011 by Kaethar
@philster61: No he isn't. The Americans haven't sent out a warrant for his arrest - he's not even on any of their most-wanted lists. Some people like to imagine Assange is a wanted man in the US but you have no actual evidence of this. Believe in this deportation conspiracy if you wish - it won't happen. :)

@RobinHood: If someone is wanted for terrorism anywhere in the world and the Swedish security police agrees with this concern then they are of course arrested if they are spotted at an airport in Sweden and handed over. Don't see what's so surprising about this. Otherwise Osama bin laden could have flown to Sweden and then gone to a police station and requested asylum and nobody would have been able to touch him. It's not as black or white as you make it out to be...

You'll find that human rights organizations don't have anything against such renditions in themselves but rather any systematic abuse which occurs as a result of them. The problem with the Egyptians wasn't that they were handed over to the CIA but that they were tortured as a result of this.
12:12 December 20, 2011 by beam_me_up
@kaethar: Thank you. At least there are a few people with common sense and logic still around!
13:52 December 20, 2011 by RobinHood
@Kaether

Please try and read the articles here at The Local before you comment on them. If you don't, it makes you look singularly dim witted.

The whole point of the above article is that people have not been arrested at airports for terrorism. They have been kidnapped from the street by Swedish SÄPÅ agents, roughed up, trussed up like Christmas turkeys, handed over to a foreign power, tortured and then falsely imprisoned for years. Incredibly, you do not seem to know that these are extremely serious crimes; in black and white, or any other colour you choose to name.

I suggest less time trolling, and more time reading and learning.
16:51 December 20, 2011 by philster61
Kaethar.

That is the idea of rendition. Its a covert op. Outside the law. He doesn't need to be charged, he needs to be held. Sweden would be instrumental in this. He is not on any list because he hasn't committed an act of terrorism. He hasn't been charged with causing any deaths. And if you recall the statements made by Hillary Clinton calling for his arrest?Why is he fighting extradition? Why has he not even been charged?

Espionage and terrorism are two completely different things.

I am not presenting a conspiracy theory here, If I am so far off the track, then why is Sweden refusing to release flight info? Why were they accused of officially deporting these Egyptians? Why were flights unregistered coming in and out of Sweden?
20:02 December 20, 2011 by sgt_doom
@kaether, is full of it, naturally.

" No he isn't. The Americans haven't sent out a warrant for his arrest - he's not even on any of their most-wanted lists."

Negative, sonny, but the Obama administration did indeed convene a secret grand jury on Julian Assange and Wikileaks, the indictment is still classified --- but take a wild guess what it turns out to be, regarding Julian Assange???

You need to get out a bit more, and definitely read A LOT MORE!

And some more reading material, sonny.

http://cryptome.org/0003/appelbaum/appelbaum-11-1214.pdf
23:15 December 20, 2011 by wxman
Kudos to the Swenske.
04:18 December 21, 2011 by godnatt
I think they snatched Iraniboy.
15:48 December 23, 2011 by IWP
The usual Sweedle bull, fascist state control is right up their Gatu!
16:44 December 23, 2011 by tadchem
"Transparency" is a Utopian ideal, but the reality of war makes it unworkable.

Sun Tzu showed us that all war is based on deception.

Santayana told us "Only the dead have seen the end of war."

War is a reality we cannot escape.

As far as the relationship between Sweden and the CIA goes, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
01:04 January 24, 2012 by iridesce
As an American, I among others are ashamed at what is being done in our name.

@sgt_doom said it better than I could
00:47 April 26, 2013 by feenix747
Torture by and through another country is still torture.
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