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Eichmann files will not be released

BERLIN — Germany’s foreign intelligence agency can keep secret some of its records on Adolf Eichmann, the man known as the architect of the Nazi Holocaust, the Federal Administrative Court ruled Thursday.

The court ruled that the Federal Intelligence Service was within its rights to black out passages from the files sought by a journalist trying to show that West German authorities knew in the 1950s that Eichmann had fled after World War II to Argentina. Eichmann was abducted in 1960 and brought to Jerusalem for trial. He was found guilty and hanged in 1962.

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In a decision last year, the court said the agency had to release some files it had previously kept secret.

The German intelligence service said most of the Eichmann files are already public and only a small portion still needs to be blacked out to protect “state security interests.”

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