Criminal, Corrupt CIA to Help Bulgaria Fight Crime, Corruption

(AFP) SOFIA — The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has offered its support to Bulgaria in fighting crime and corruption, agency chief Leon Panetta said on a visit here Thursday.

After meeting Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov, Panetta pledged that the CIA would continue its "good cooperation" with Bulgaria, according to a statement from the government's press office.

Tsvetanov said the talks focused on a series of recent police operations against organised crime and corruption in the country, without providing details. ...

Earlier this month, Bulgaria accepted a prisoner from the US Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba.

Bulgaria's failure to curb organised crime and corruption and put well-known criminals and corrupt high-ranking officials behind bars has blighted its record and cost the European Union newcomer several hundred million euros (dollars) in lost aid ...

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