Trial starts for boss of Spain's dirty war

Spain's former head of covert operations went on trial yesterday accused of stealing and leaking classified documents in a case that rocked the secret service and helped lead to the downfall of the former Socialist government.

Colonel Juan Alberto Perote faces charges of stealing hundreds of top- secret files, including some vital to state security and others that implicate the former Socialist government in a "dirty war" against Basque separatists in the 1980s. Reuters - Madrid