EU Legal Advisors Find No Wrongdoing by U.S. in Row over Terror Finance Report

By Irene Madongo

American officials acted within their rights when barring a European investigator from reviewing an audit of how the two continents exchange data linked to terrorist financing, EU attorneys said Thursday. The legal advisors presented the findings to the EU Parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, which last month questioned the terms of a 2010 agreement that allows American investigators to obtain financial data sent via the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (Swift) platform. Under the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP), American officials investigating terrorism can request Swift data from Europol on a limited basis, but neither the...