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‘Special-interest aliens’…

An asylum seeker is seen at the Aliens Bureau in Athens in this file photo. Parliament yesterday debated a bill that foresees the creation of an independent body to deal with asylum applications rather than the police. Also yesterday, the Guardian newspaper published on its website extracts from US Embassy cables leaked by WikiLeaks in which US Ambassador to Greece Daniel Speckhard expressed concern that ‘special-interest aliens’ such as Iraqi insurgents could be smuggled to the United States via Greece’s highly porous border with Turkey. He also noted in his dispatch to Washington that there were fears that disillusioned young Muslims might become radicalized in basement prayer rooms in Greece.