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Soj: CIA Secret Jails: Part 8
The Portuguese press is all abuzz over this as well. It looks like some politicians there want Paulo Portas, the former Defense Minister, to clarify what may have happened. My Portuguese language skills are quite abysmal but here is a partial translation of a Correio de Manha article:
Jorge Machado, of the PP party, identified via the internet a Boeing 737-7ET, with registration number N4476S, photographed in the airport at Santa Maria on April 14, 2005, as well as a Learjet plane (registration number N221SG), also photographed at the same airport on August 12.
Focus magazine's report recorded a "Gulfstream IV with registration N227SV" in Tires. Freitas and Amado have denied the existance of secret flights in Portugal.
And another Correio de Manha article:
An airplane used by the American intelligence agency (CIA) to transport terrorism suspects landed last April in the Francisco Sa Carneiro airport, in Porto, which if proven would be in contradiction to the denials given by the government concerning the landing of these types of flights in Portugal.
According to a report in Thursday's "Jornal de Noticias", there are photographs which prove the existance of CIA planes in our country to transport suspected terrorists to illegal detention centers in Europe and Asia. As proof, the newspaper printed a photograph of a Boeing 737-7ET BBJ, registration number N4476S, landing at Sa Carneiro airport on April 17, 2005.
This report by the JN appears one day after Focus magazine reported on CIA planes transporting suspected terrorists to Portuguese airports before the current government, on March 12, contradicted the statements given by the Foreign Minister, Freitas do Amaral, who denied the reports.
This follows an earlier statement by the Foreign Ministry that no CIA planes had landed in Portugal "with the authorization or knowledge of the Portuguese government".
In Portugal, two political parties demanded an explanation from the government yesterday after a media report claimed two planes used by the CIA landed at two of its airports.
The weekly Focus reported that a Gulfstream jet and a Boeing 737-700, which it said had in the past been used by the CIA, were photographed at an international airport in Porto, northern Portugal, and at Tires, an airport near Lisbon. The report did not say when the planes landed.