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CIA DENIES SHIELDING FORMER NAZI OFFICER FROM PROSECUTION

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Allegations that the CIA shielded from prosecution a former Nazi officer accused of ordering the murder of 86 American prisoners of war in Belgium in 1944 are "groundless and outrageous," the agency says.

The accused man, retired Gen. Wilhelm Mohnke, 83, is living in western Germany and is on the Justice Department's list of suspected Nazi war criminals barred from entry to this country. He also is wanted for war crimes by Britain and Canada.The ABC show "Day One" reported Monday that Mohnke provided information about fellow Nazi officers to the CIA after his release from prison in the former Soviet Union in 1955. In exchange the CIA gave him an unspecified sum of money and a guarantee that he would not be prosecuted for alleged involvement in World War II atrocities.

"The ABC allegations are unsubstantiated," CIA spokesman David Christian said Tuesday. "It's totally groundless and outrageous."