Spy chief resignation in Lithuania raises eyebrows

Yesterday, the man in charge of Lithuania’s secret service resigned without specifying why, leaving people to wonder about his involvement in the prison that the CIA allegedly set up in the Baltic nation for suspected terrorists.

Povilas MalakauskasAn official investigation into the secret CIA prison is still ongoing, and Arvydas Anusauskas, the head of the parliamentary committee that is monitoring the investigation, announced that the resignation of Povilas Malakauskas is “partially connected” to the inquiry.

Apparently, when the parliamentary committee started nosing about and asking questions last summer, Director of State Security Malakauskas was not at the ready with straightforward answers. His “ambiguous” and delayed responses, according to Anusauskas, are one of the reasons the investigation still continues.

Malakauskas left his spy chief position – which he has only held for two years – three days after Lithuania’s ex-President Rolandas Paksas testified that his country’s secret service had sought his approval in 2003 to bring alleged terrorists into Lithuania from abroad.

According to Paksas, he refused to give his permission, but the spy agency often acted independently. In fact, Paksas holds the agency liable for the souring of his own political career, which makes us wonder how trustworthy his testimony is.

Although Paksas would not confirm that the clandestine CIA prison existed, he did say, “I know that the desire existed to get people suspected of terrorism brought to Lithuania.”

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