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Portugal bank offered to "spy" in Iran for US · ELPAÍS.com in English
Political and financial circles in Portugal reacted strongly to revelations that the country's largest private bank, Banco Comercial Portugués (better known as Millennium BCP), attempted to reach a secret deal with the US government that would allow it to conduct business in Iran in exchange for confidential information about financial transactions by account holders there.
There have also been some revelations on the CIA Flights. The top-level link at ElPais.com is http://www.elpais.com/documentossecretos/tema/vuelos_cia/

Cable en el que se dice que Sócrates autorizó los vuelos de repatriación de prisioneros de Guantánamo · ELPAÍS.com

Socrates agreed to allow the repatriation of
enemy combatants out of Guatanamo through Lajes Air Base on a
case-by-case basis. This was a difficult decision, given the
sustained criticism by Portuguese media and leftist elements
of his own party over the government's handling of the CIA
rendition flights controversy. Socrates's agreement has
never been made public. The Attorney General's Office was
forced to review a dossier of news clippings and
unsubstantiated allegations regarding CIA rendition
operations through Portugal provided by a member of the
European Parliament. The AG's report should be released in
the near future. Although we cannot predict its conclusions,
government insiders and legal scholars have told us there was
no useful or prosecutable information in the dossier.
This authorisation was never made public. The following provides some additional context as to why.

Cable en el que Luis Amado compromete la dimisión si se prueban las acusaciones de los vuelos de la CIA · ELPAÍS.com

SUBJECT: PORTUGUESE FM OFFERS TO RESIGN IF CIA FLIGHT
ALLEGATIONS PROVE TRUE

...

The normally unflappable Amado lost his cool during the testimony; an event that is completely out of character
and shows the effects of unrelenting media and political
attacks. Despite this outburst, we believe Amado will

continue to reiterate what the investigation has revealed -
the government has no evidence of illegal CIA flights
on/through Portuguese territory. However, Post underscores
the delicate balancing act Amado is confronting in minimizing
damage to his government - however unwarranted - due to the
CIA Rendition investigation while trying to convince it to
grant our request to repatriate Guantanamo detainees through
Lajes. Right now, it would be to our advantage to stroke him
a lot.

Cable del embajador Hoffman a Condoleezza Rice: "Portugal es un firme aliado" · ELPAÍS.com

CIA Flight Inquiry Complicates Gitmo Repatriation Request
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9. (S/NF) Amado has told me that he would like to assist us
in our efforts to repatriate Guantanamo detainees through
Lajes AirBase. However, given intense CIA Rendition scrutiny
and his own party's left wing opposition to his pro-US slant,
Amado underscored the need to be on firm legal ground before
consenting to do so. Subsequent conversations with MFA staff
indicate that Amado is awaiting the US to address his
concerns before responding to our request.

10. (S/NF) I would like to underscore the delicate balancing
act Amado is confronting in minimizing damage to his
government - however unwarranted - due to previous CIA
Rendition investigations while trying to convince it to grant
our request for access to Lajes AirBase. Unrelenting media
and political attacks which have been ongoing for months
resulted in an atypical outburst before Portugal's Parliament
earlier this week. Amado publicly offered to resign if anyone
could prove the government was complicit in an illegal act
related to CIA flights on Portuguese territory. It would be
of great assistance if you could personally express
appreciation for Amado's steadfastness in supporting the US
position on this issue and his continued contribution of
troops to global operations.

Cable en el que Amado dice: "Ha sido una decisión difícil por las críticas de los medios y de los izquierdistas" · ELPAÍS.com

Amado agreed to allow the repatriation of
prisoners through Lajes Air Base on a case-by-case basis
under limited circumstances. This was a difficult decision,
given the sustained criticism by Portuguese media and leftist
elements of his own party of the government,s handling of
the CIA rendition flights controversy. Amado,s agreement
has never been made public. The Attorney General,s Office
was forced to review a dossier of news clippings and
unsubstantiated allegations regarding CIA rendition
operations through Portugal provided by a member of the
European Parliament. The AG,s report should be released in
the very near future. Although we cannot predict its
conclusions, government insiders and legal scholars have told
us there was no useful or prosecutable information in the
dossier.

There are also some revelations about Spain:

"Los españoles no ponen reparos a los vuelos secretos" · ELPAÍS.comThe Spanish have no objections to secret flights - ElPais.com
El escándalo de los vuelos de la CIA -el tránsito clandestino por aeropuertos europeos, de sospechosos de terrorismo capturados ilegalmente y torturados en centros de detención secretos- sorprendió en 2005 al Gobierno de José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero y a la Embajada de EE UU en Madrid, pero ambos coincidieron en un objetivo común: minimizar su impacto en la opinión pública y evitar que la investigación judicial que se abrió en España complicase las ya delicadas relaciones entre el inquilino de la Moncloa y el de la Casa Blanca, que entonces todavía era George W. Bush. Así se deduce de los cables confidenciales enviados a Washington por la representación diplomática estadounidense en España entre 2006 y 2008.The CIA flight scandal - the undercover transit through European airports of terrorism suspects illegally captured and tortured in secret detention centres - took ZP's Government and the US Embassy in madrid by surprise in 2005, but both coincided in a common goal: to minimize its impact on public opinion and prevent the judicial investigation opened in Spain from complicating the already delicate relations between the residents of Moncloa and the White House, who was still George W. Bush. This can be deduced from the confidential cables sent to Washington by the US diplomatic representation in Spain between 2006 and 2008.

Cable donde la embajada asegura que el Gobierno español no pone reparos a los vuelos · ELPAÍS.com

... Regarding the CIA flights issue, Vice
President de la Vega said Spain's inclusion in the Council of
Europe report had caught the Zapatero Government totally off
guard and she insisted Spain had nothing to hide on the
issue. She said the Spanish Government felt comfortable that
it could contend with domestic concerns regarding CIA flights
through Spain, asking only that the USG provide Spain any
relevant information to avoid any surprises. ...

...

/CIA FLIGHTS/

4. (C) The Ambassador said that FM Moratinos had recently
advised him that Spain's National Court had accepted a case
filed by a private individual alleging USG wrongdoing in
Spain during the transit of Spanish airports by CIA aircraft.
Moratinos indicated the Spanish Government's desire to give
this issue as low a profile as possible, though, as a
judicial case, the government had a limited capacity to
influence the direction of the case. De la Vega said she was
aware of FM Moratinos' communication on this issue and
expressed confidence that the Zapatero Government could
manage it with little difficulty. (NOTE: According to June 9
press reports, government prosecutors have expressed
opposition to the National Court's hearing of a case in which
there is no evidence of a crime having been committed. END
NOTE).

5. (C) By contrast, she said, the Zapatero Government had
been surprised by the Council of Europe report alleging that
Spain "permitted or failed to investigate" the use of
Mallorca as a staging point for the "illegal" transfer of
individuals by the CIA. (NOTE: An MFA spokesperson roundly
denied any involvement by Spain in the illegal transfer of suspected terrorists. END NOTE). De la Vega said Spain was
prepared to deal with this issue, but wanted to be certain
that it had all the information available regarding the
flights to avoid being caught unprepared. The Ambassador
noted that we too had an interest in preserving our
credibility and were careful to share whatever information we
had and to avoid any actions that might create problems for
the Spanish authorities. De la Vega emphasized that Spain
had no objection to USG intelligence flights through Spanish
territory; they simply wanted to be kept informed and, if
necessary, to be able to demonstrate that they were
exercising proper oversight of foreign aircraft passing
through Spain.

Cable in which the Madrid Embassy alerts on Judge Moreno's investigation · ELPAÍS.com

SUBJECT: SPAIN/CIA FLIGHTS: JUDGE ORDERS DECLASSIFICATION


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 Thu Dec 16th, 2010 at 04:46:01 AM EST

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