Journal Article

Intelligence Agencies and War Crimes Prosecution

Martti Koskenniemi

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 2, issue 3, pages 826-854
Published in print September 2004 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online September 2004 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI:
Intelligence Agencies and War Crimes Prosecution

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Legal responses to international crimes can be shaped by complex and contradictory factors. The present case study of the contribution of former-CIA director Alan Dulles to the Nuremberg process reveals that a series of geo-political, interpersonal and institutional factors shaped the selective deployment of evidence and other expertise on Nazi war crimes, provided by a number of his former intelligence agents and informants, particularly Hans Gisevius. Amongst these factors was the ‘fall out’ from the failed plea-bargain arrangement for defendants Schacht and Göring, brokered by the then head of US intelligence, General W.J. Donovan. Ultimately, Gisevius’s testimony was admitted as part of an ambush of the defence counsel, which, although largely successful, particularly with respect to Göring, raised some embarrassing geo-political issues for the Anglo-Americans. It also lent powerful support to one of Dulles’s wartime informants, the defendant, Hjalmar Schacht, who was subsequently acquitted.

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Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law

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