Meet Abu Omar, the “Victim” of Robert Seldon Lady

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Thursday, former CIA Milan station chief, Robert Seldon Lady, was detained in Panama and he now faces potential extradition to Italy. In 2009, Lady and 22 other Americans were convicted in absentia by an Italian court for their alleged roles in the kidnapping of one Osama Mustafa Hassan Nasr, better known as “Abu Omar.” [...]

Selective WikiLeaks: The Untold Story of Abu Omar

Posted by John Rosenthal

251,287. That’s the number of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables that WikiLeaks claims to have obtained. 1,897. That’s the number of confidential U.S. diplomatic cables that, according to WikiLeaks’s own count, have thus far been published on its website. But whereas WikiLeaks has withheld the documents from the public, five handpicked old media organizations have enjoyed [...]

Who is Abu Omar? Extracts from the Italian Police Surveillance Tapes

Posted by John Rosenthal

Osama Mostafa Hassan Nasr, better known as "Abu Omar", is the Egyptian cleric who was allegedly kidnapped in Milan in 2003 as part of the CIA "extraordinary renditions" program. Starting in 2002, Abu Omar was under intensive surveillance by the Italian police. Examination of the transcripts of his recorded conversations provides a clearer idea of just what [...]