ADL calls on CIA to hand over files on suspected Nazis (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Ariel Zilber, Haaretz Correspondent 02/02/05 13:18 (GMT+2)
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Responding to reports that the Central Intelligence Agency has balked
at Congressional requests to hand over secret files on Nazi war
criminals, the Anti-Defamation League has called on the CIA to
publicize all records relating to the agency´s post-war recruitment
of suspected Nazis.
"Sixty years after the end of the war, the time has come to make this
information available," ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in
a statement released on Tuesday.
"With the number of survivors and witnesses diminishing by the day,
and the reality that the Holocaust is fading into the pages of
history and memory, we should nto have to wait any longer," Foxman
The ADL issued the statement in reaction to a report in The New York
Times this week detailing the difficulty Congressional investigators
are experiencing in forcing the CIA to declassify documents relating
to their recruitment of former Nazis, as they are required to do by
the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act, which was passed by Congress in
The agency has already released more than 1.2 million pages of
documents, however intelligence officials are quoted by the Times as
saying that the law does not require them to disclose all information
relating to the agency´s relationships with former Nazis.
"What´s so puzzling about this is the agency has already released a
significant number of documents," Foxman said. "Why the change of
heart now not to finish the process? What is there still left that
some feel needs to be hidden? The expediency and the errors of the
past are not a reflection of the intelligence community today."
"One finds it difficult to understand why the leadership today is
protecting the truth," Foxman said. (© Copyright 2005 Haaretz.
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