CIA recruited mass murderers
Documents declassified by CIA revealed that after the WWII the agency recruited mass murderers as its foreign agents to help it destabilize the Soviet Union. One of the recruits was infamous Mykola Lebed responsible for exterminating tens of thousands of Jews and Poles in Ukraine during the war and a collaborator of Adolf Hitler. U.S. prosecutors identified Mykola as a war criminal but never brought any charges against him and CIA protected him until late 90’s. Elizabeth Holtzman, a former U.S. Congressman, called it a “shameful” history. The Independent writes that “the report, titled Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, US Intelligence, and the Cold War, draws from an unprecedented trove of records that the CIA was persuaded to declassify, and from more than a million digitized army intelligence files that had long been inaccessible. Among other things, the authors say, the files also show that US intelligence officials used and protected ex-Nazis during the Cold War to a greater extent than previously known.” The newly released documents are unlikely to improve America’s image already badly hurt after the WikiLeaks published its secret diplomatic cables. It also makes it more believable that CIA would be capable of organizing secret prisons in Poland to conduct extrajudicial torturing of terrorism suspects as accused by some the members of the Council of Europe.