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DEFEAT: Aznar is accused of playing up ETA responsibility for electoral gain

Did José María Aznar's government really try to help its party at the polls by pinning blame for the Madrid attacks on Basque terrorists — and downplaying al-Qaeda's possible role? That's the question that threw Spain into an uproar — and secured the defeat of Aznar's ruling Popular Party (PP) in the March 14 election. Even now Spain is asking itself: What did Aznar know about the people behind the Madrid blasts, and when did he know it?

A week before the vote, the last official opinion surveys put the PP ahead of the Socialists (PSOE) by four...

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