Spies scru­ti­nised

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BRI­TISH spies knew about the mis­treat­ment of hun­dreds of sus­pected mil­i­tants by the US, and were in­volved in cap­tur­ing peo­ple who were trans­ferred with­out le­gal process to third coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by par­lia­ment.

The re­port looked at the ac­tions of Bri­tish se­cu­rity and in­tel­li­gence agen­cies in re­la­tion to the han­dling of de­tainees over­seas and ren­di­tion in the pe­riod fol­low­ing the Septem­ber 11, 2001, at­tacks in the US.

The re­port is the lat­est in a long-run­ning row over al­le­ga­tions of tor­ture, mis­treat­ment and il­le­gal trans­fers that dam­aged Bri­tain’s in­ter­na­tional stand­ing and prompted a global de­bate about in­tel­li­gence ser­vices’ methods and ac­count­abil­ity.

“In our view the UK tol­er­ated ac­tions, and took oth­ers, that we re­gard as in­ex­cus­able,” the in­tel­li­gence and se­cu­rity com­mit­tee said.

“That be­ing said, we have found no ‘smok­ing gun’ to indicate that the agen­cies de­lib­er­ately over­looked re­ports of mis­treat­ment and ren­di­tion by the US as a mat­ter of in­sti­tu­tional pol­icy.” – Reuters

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