Ex-CIA officer faces imminent extradition to Italy, hope Trump can help

Sabrina De Sousa, 61, is facing imminent extradition to Italy for their alleged role in the 2003 rendition of terrorist suspects.

CIA officer Sabrina De Sousa was skiing with her son in the North of Italy, on a cold February day in 2003, as agents of a suspected terrorist off the streets of Milan as part of the CIA – “extraordinary rendition” program snapped.

Fourteen years later, De Sousa, is facing the threat of extradition from Portugal, Italy and six years in prison, in connection with the kidnapping, after he was convicted in absentia by the Italian courts for a decision from the highest levels of the U.S. government.

De Sousa, who no longer works for the Agency is now poised to be the first CIA officer and American diplomat arrested over the controversial play-program-and is an urgent call for intervention.

“I’m a Patsy,” De Sousa Wednesday tells, in an extensive telephone interview from her home in Portugal.

The former officer claims the Obama administration has ignored all requests to intervene in their favor but hopes that the incoming Donald Trump administration might be able to.

Time is not on your side.

Trump’s inauguration would come after the Italy-set Jan. 17 date of shipment. According to De Sousa, this is a tremendously bad precedent for the conviction of an allied nation of the US diplomat would”.”


De Souza worked in Milan as an undercover CIA officer in 2003, as U.S. and Italian intelligence agents, the radical Egyptian cleric, Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr was kidnapped, also known as Abu Omar — and transported him to his native Egypt for interrogation.

The authorized operation was part of the controversial program, which could be transferred under President George W. Bush in the terror-suspects to countries, it is prohibited to torture.

Omar — who is a “nobody,” says De Sousa — took place on an American military base in Germany before flying to Cairo, Egypt, where he claims he was tortured. He was soon released from prison, for lack of prosecutable evidence against him.

In 2009, De Sousa, along with 25 other Americans, were sentenced in absentia on kidnapping and other charges in connection with the kidnapping. Some had been pardoned and was not done time in prison. The Italians also Omar sentenced in the absence of “criminal Association for the purposes of international terrorism” and sentenced him to six years in prison.

To obtain the phone records, confirmed by Italian prosecutors, the De Sousa’s claim that they trip about 130 miles away in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, chaperoning her son’s school ski, on the day that Omar was kidnapped. Still, Italy has brought “charges” against her for a property she says she had no direct share.

“They[the Italians] said, ‘she was responsible for the planning and without your OK, it would never happen,” De Sousa told “And it came third-hand from someone who said that an Italian intelligence officer.”

“We are not condemned, for decisions, for which we have no reaction at all,” she said. “Nobody wants to look, in a higher, and this is the best way to divert attention from someone else.”

The former spy, was born in India and has both American and Portuguese passports, left the CIA in 2009, and moved to Portugal in April 2015 will be close to the family.

In October 2015, she was arrested at Lisbon airport on a European arrest warrant, the trips when trying to get to India. She was later released, but ordered, in Portugal.

The series of events, the amount was followed by an international legal nightmare.

Italy first wanted to been trying to the extradition of De Sousa with the guarantee of a retrial or an appeal with new evidence, the recognition they had, in the absence of. Based on these guarantees, the Portuguese courts to deliver agreed.

But in June, 2016, Italy, Portugal, sent a letter to De Sousa was finally convinced, and no retrial would be granted. In a move that shocked De Sousa and others in the intelligence community, in Portugal, the high court ordered the immediate delivery.

De Sousa recognizes was moving from the USA to Portugal “catastrophic.” To stay the 61-year-old mother, who has been appointed recently, one eye surgery, underwent by your doctor, in Portugal, until their recovery. Your delivery date is now set for Jan. 17.

This follows years of unsuccessful bids to clear her name. De Sousa said, to cling, to hope that a new government could come to their aid.

“I really want to reach out to the trump administration,” she said, noting that, in their view, the President-elect is obliged to no one and are not interested in the protection of the persons who are entitled to the program.

“I think a General [Mike] Flynn in the administration – I can’t see him so that the prosecution of a senior officer by a foreign nation,” she said.

It is unclear what measures, if any, the Trump administration has sent about the case, but a member of the transition team, background information for De Sousa, the situation of senior officials, has learned with the future management, .

Transition team spokesman did not respond to requests for an official comment. The State Department also has a requirement for an on-record statement of the case.

Apart from warnings about the precedent that could be set, De Sousa also claimed that such a study would be unfair because they would not be allowed, the disclosure of state secrets.

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., an outspoken advocate of De Sousa, said he appealed to the members of the Obama administration in your name-because “it seemed like a slam-dunk.”

“What’s happened to her is wrong,” said Hoekstra. “You have an alleged case officer who will go to jail [for] doing precisely what to do with the American government … asked you.”

“The Executive officer may also be said to continue to travel in the whole of Europe-they face no consequences,” he said. “Some of the people get to have and all is forgiven and all of the Italians, not the consequences.”

Hoekstra, also expressed hope that Trump would intervene.

“Donald Trump the little guy,” he said. “And I think, in this case, I would like to believe, and I would expect that he is on the side of Sabrina.”

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