Spy Games


Not even the closest allies, it seems, always work together. Italian prosecutors have issued warrants for the arrest of 13 alleged American c.i.a. operatives suspected of abducting Osama Mustafa Hassan, an Islamic cleric in Milan, in order to take him to Egypt. Prosecutors allege that the 2003 operation was an "extraordinary rendition," in which terror suspects are seized and sent to other countries for interrogation and, in some cases, according to former captives, torture.

At the time of his abduction, Hassan was under investigation by Italian authorities for alleged links to al-Qaeda. The Italians say they have...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!