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Thursday, June 08, 2006

C.I.A. Knew Where Eichmann Was Hiding, Documents Show

WASHINGTON, June 6 — The Central Intelligence Agency
took no action after learning the pseudonym and whereabouts of the
fugitive Holocaust administrator Adolf Eichmann in 1958, according to
C.I.A. documents released Tuesday that shed new light on the spy
agency's use of former Nazis as informants after World War II.








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The C.I.A. found out in 1958 that Adolf Eichmann was living in Argentina, but took no action.








The C.I.A. was told by West
German intelligence that Eichmann was living in Argentina under the
name Clemens — a slight variation on his actual alias, Ricardo
Klement — but did not share the information with Israel, which
had been hunting for him for years, according to Timothy Naftali, a
historian who examined the documents. Two years later, Israeli agents
abducted Eichmann in Argentina and flew him to Israel, where he was
tried and executed in 1962.

The Eichmann papers are among 27,000
newly declassified pages released by the C.I.A. to the National
Archives under Congressional pressure to make public files about former
officials of Hitler's
regime later used as American agents. The material reinforces the view
that most former Nazis gave American intelligence little of value and
in some cases proved to be damaging double agents for the Soviet
K.G.B., according to historians and members of the government panel
that has worked to open the long-secret files.

Elizabeth
Holtzman, a former congresswoman from New York and member of the panel,
the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records
Interagency Working Group, said the documents showed that the C.I.A
"failed to lift a finger" to hunt Eichmann and "force us to confront
not only the moral harm but the practical harm" of relying on
intelligence from ex-Nazis.

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