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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spain's War Gets Dirtier

An accusation that military intelligence had kidnapped vagrants to use as guinea-pigs for testing anti-guerrilla drugs took allegations about Spain's "dirty war" against Basque rebels to a new low on Tuesday.


The daily El Mundo, quoting military intelligence files, said the 1988 experiments, in which a beggar died, had been dubbed "Operation Mengele," after Nazi death-camp doctor Josef Mengele.


El Mundo said the drugs were intended to make it easier for security forces to kidnap guerrillas of the separatist organization ETA, or Basque Homeland and Freedom, from hide-outs in southern France.