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They are also looking at the death of Spanish television cameraman José Couso, killed "on April 8, 2003 during a tank shelling of the Hotel Palestine where he and other journalists were staying while they were covering the war in Baghdad."

Writer Mónica Ceberio Belaza details how then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and then-Defense Secretary Colin Powell helped frustrate an investigation and defeat the dreaded triumvirate of "family, leftist groups and the press."  (As a footnote, Spain's Supreme Court reopened the case in July.  However, while it is possible indictments and prosecutions could still come down, it seems like a cold case at this point.)

La familia de Couso denuncia a Gobierno, jueces y fiscales tras las filtraciones de Wikileaks · ELPAÍS.comCouso's family sues the Government, judges and prosecutors after the leaks - ElPais.com
La denuncia asegura que los datos publicados pueden "ser indicativos de la existencia de una conspiración o concierto delictivo entre funcionarios de la Administración y altos cargos españoles, por una parte, y funcionarios de una potencia extranjera por otra parte" que es quien, siempre según el texto dirigido a la fiscalía, ordenaba a los funcionarios españoles cómo actuar.The filing claims that the published data could "be an indication of the existence of a criminal conspiracy between functionnaries or high-ranking Administration officials on the one hand, and functionaries of a foreign power on the other" the latter being who, always according to the text submitted to the public prosecutor, ordered to the Spanish funcionnaries how to act.


Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 13th, 2010 at 07:00:39 AM EST

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