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CIA Officer: We 'Broke the Law' With Kidnapping

She's one of 23 Americans convicted in Italy for 2003 rendition
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2009 6:30 PM CST

(Newser) – One of the CIA agents convicted in Italy today of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in 2003 says the mission "broke the law" and that she feels "abandoned and betrayed" by the US government. The case involving ex-officer Sabrina DeSousa and 22 other Americans is the first challenge to the US policy of extraordinary rendition—capturing terror suspects and sending them to other countries for interrogation.

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"We are paying for the mistakes right now, whoever authorized and approved this," deSousa tells ABC News. "Everything I did was approved back in Washington." She and the others were tried in absentia and sentenced to 5 years in prison. One leader got 8 years. Republican Pete Hoekstra, who's on the House intelligence panel, agrees the agents were betrayed: "They've been hung out to dry. They're taking the fall potentially for a decision that was made by their superiors." (Read more CIA stories.)

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