BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BERNE/ROM | | usa

BERLIN/WASHINGTON/BERNE/ROM (Own report) – At the beginning of their careers, several top correspondents of German television's prominent First (ARD) and Second (ZDF) channels were in contact with CIA front organizations. The meeting place was a "mansion close to the Rhine, financed by the secret service", says the author of a documentary film broadcast by the French-German channel, ARTE, in a discussion with german-foreign-policy.com. The key journalists were appointed to Washington. Their reports from the US capital influenced the millions of viewers of the public television channels. Heinrich Boell, the future literature Nobel Prize laureate, was also a member of the CIA front organization. Assignments were issued by CIA case officers stationed in Paris, who, at regular intervals, went to inspect their cultural subsidiary stations (in Cologne, Hamburg, West Berlin, Munich and elsewhere). The CIA activities, that verifiably lasted into the late sixties, encompassed also activities in Switzerland, Austria and Italy. The documentation substantiates with prominent examples, that this included also cooperation with ex-agents and high officials of the Nazi regime and Mussolini's dictatorship. The CIA had an influence even on the Nobel Prize Committee. more…

BERLIN/COLOGNE/PARIS | | usa

BERLIN/COLOGNE/PARIS (Own report) - The German writer Heinrich Boell had worked for several front organizations of the US secret service. This is alleged in a TV documentation of the French-German television channel ARTE, which was introduced to the press in Berlin. "We all worked for the CIA", admitted the former business administrator of the base of cultural operations in Cologne, that enlisted Boell's services for CIA actions all over Europe. But this background was unknown. It was believed that the Ford Foundation (USA) was doing the financing. Also Boell's colleague, Guenter Grass, who was interviewed in the film, considers improbable that Boell was deliberately engaged in CIA activity. As proven by documents in the film, the CIA paid Boell's travel expenses. It also subsidized appearances in the international cultural scene of various other writers. Boell "was a diamond in the CIA's collection", says the author of the film in a discussion with german-foreign-policy.com. more…

FRANKFURT-MAIN/MUNICH/WASHINGTON/DAMASCUS | | usa

FRANKFURT-MAIN/MUNICH/WASHINGTON/DAMASCUS (Own report) - The central command unit for world-wide kidnapping, torture and subversion operations is located in Frankfurt/Main. This command central consists of approximately 200 agents of the US secret service, CIA, and was involved in the abduction of German citizens - with the knowledge of the German authorities. This is to be learned from a book on German espionage (Federal Intelligence Service BND), which has just been published. The author is the secret service specialist, Erich Schmidt-Eenboom. As Schmidt-Eenboom writes, the detention of Haydar Zammar, a citizen of Hamburg, who is being held since five years in a torture prison in Damascus, goes back to the betrayal of his personal data to the CIA. The trap was obviously prepared by the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), the Federal Criminal Investigation Office (BKA) and of the Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution (BfV). The justification for the operations, that led to Zammar being handed over to his torturers, is part of a "large-scale diversionary maneuver against the democratic public and the parliament", says the book author in a discussion with german-foreign-policy.com. "The Office of the Federal Chancellor is responsible." Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the current German foreign minister, was the political director of the chancellery at the time of the illegal intrigues. more…

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