González confesses anti-ETA plot

Published on 8 November 2010 at 11:32

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"I had to decide if we were going to assassinate the leadership of ETA, and I said no. I am not sure that I made the right choice”. El País headlines with a quote from a long interview with former socialist prime minister Felipe González, who speaks of "a once in a lifetime opportunity to order the liquidation of the entire leadership” of the Basque terrorist organisation at a secret meeting in France at the end of the 1980s — a period marked by a particularly violent ETA campaign. El Mundo interprets this remark as an implicit acknowledgement of the ex-PM’s commanding role in the “dirty war" waged against ETA by the secret paramilitary GAL organisation, whose existence was revealed by the conservative daily in the early 1990s.

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