posted on Jul, 19 2013 @ 11:40 AM
Well, this defines the word 'awkward', doesn't it? Read a bit and you'll see what I mean. ...err... Yeah... awkward, indeed.
A former CIA operative detained in Panama this week at the request of Italian authorities over his conviction in the 2003 kidnapping of Muslim
cleric in Milan was released on Friday morning and was aboard a flight to the United States, U.S. officials said.
Robert Seldon Lady’s release from Panama appeared to avert the possibility that he would be extradited to Italy, where he faces a sentence of up to
nine years in prison for his role in the CIA capture of a terrorism suspect who was secretly snatched off a street in Milan and transported to
This guy is among the group that kidnapped someone and was convicted of it by Italian law. Italy finally decided things had gone one outrage too far,
it appears. Now what makes it more than just a little awkward is the Snowden issue, as the article mentions.
Lady’s release comes at a delicate time for the Obama administration, which has been seeking to block attempts by Edward Snowden, a former U.S.
intelligence contractor, to seek asylum in Latin America. Snowden has been charged with stealing and then leaking information about secret U.S.
Err...Uhh.. Yeah. How do we tell the world we demand they stand by International Law and follow our requests on Snowden for investigation of what
he's done, when we blow off an outright CONVICTION in an Italian Court of so many Americans? In this case, actually work hard to obstruct justice to
block the attempt to extradite a convicted person back to Italy?