Foreign Minister defends Finland’s actions on CIA flights

Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja.

Erkki Tuomioja says that the diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks, the whistleblowing website, which was cited by the Open Society report, does not necessarily tell the whole truth about the meeting between Lyra and Ambassador Ware.

“This report is just the view of one of the parties. I don’t know what happened in reality,” Tuomioja claimed last Wednesday. Rapporteur Pasi Pölönen from the Ombudsman’s office says that the Open Society Foundation’s report sheds new light on the events, but was yet unwilling to assess what kind of impact this will have on the Ombudsman’s investigation.

“We will look at the whole picture when we have received all the statements and decide then whether we need additional information,” Pölönen explained.

He could not give an estimate on when the Ombudsman’s report would be completed.

TUOMAS SAVONEN, MARIANNE HAKALA – STT
NIINA WOOLLEY – HT
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