A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial

A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial

Steve Hendricks


A publication so compelling it merits to develop into one of many nonfiction classics of our time.

As propulsively readable because the top “true crime,” A Kidnapping in Milan is a powerful reckoning with the realities of counterterrorism. In a captivating page-turner, Steve Hendricks provides us a ground-level view of the delivery and development of overseas Islamist terrorist networks and of counterterrorism in motion in Europe. He additionally presents an eloquent, eagle’s-eye viewpoint at the sizeable questions of justice and the guideline of law.

“In Milan a recognized truth is usually defined by means of competing stories,” Hendricks writes, however the tales that swirled round the February 2003 disappearance of the novel imam Abu Omar could quickly element in a single direction—to a covert motion by way of the CIA. The police of Milan have been exploiting their wiretaps of Abu Omar for beneficial details prior to the faucets went silent. The american citizens have been their allies in counterterrorism—would they've got disrupted a fruitful investigation?

In a rare story of detective as opposed to undercover agent, Italian investigators lower than the management of prosecutor Armando Spataro unraveled in embarrassing aspect the “covert” motion within which Abu Omar were abducted and despatched to be tortured in Egypt. Spataro—seasoned in prosecutions of the Mafia and the purple Brigades and a passionate believer within the rule of law—sought to aim the abductors in absentia: the first-ever trial of CIA officials by means of a U.S. best friend. An exemplary fulfillment in narrative nonfiction writing, A Kidnapping in Milan is instantaneously a detective tale, a historical past of the terrorist risk, and an indictment of the idea that man’s savagery opposed to guy should be stilled with extra savagery but.

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