Dutch minister says US spy chief affair kept quiet

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Interior Minister confirms 2004 resignation of the head of the United States CIA in the Netherlands was not made public.

23 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst has confirmed that the cabinet kept news of the 2004 resignation of the head of the United States CIA in the Netherlands out of the public eye.

She was answering questions from MPs following a newspaper article about the affair.

The minister said the move was not made public so as not to endanger the good working relationship between the CIA and the Dutch intelligence agency (AIVD).

She refused to be drawn on what led to the resignation although she said the parliamentary committee which oversees the AIVD would be fully informed.

Observers suspect the CIA chief was replaced because US agents in the Netherlands were involved in operations about which the Dutch authorities had not been informed.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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