Traces tells the true and dramatic story of how three journalists investigating Sweden’s deportation of two Egyptians found themselves at the centre of international politics, in the aftermath of September 11th.
On a cold winter evening in 2001, two men were picked up in Stockholm and brought to Bromma airport outside the city. They were forced to take off their clothes and to put on diapers, overalls, handcuffs and chains. Bags were placed over their heads. Masked men led them out to a waiting airplane. The next day, they arrived in Egypt, where they were tortured by the security service of the Mubarak regime.
Two years later, three journalists begin to uncover the story of the two deported Egyptians and a mysterious aircraft, named N379P, that pops up in places around the world – matching incidents where people seem to disappear into thin air. The traces lead to a world of CIA agents, Italian prosecutors, and a fleet of exclusive business jets that are supposed to fly millionaires, but in fact are transporting a completely different type of cargo.
Traces dives into an extraordinary period in our contemporary history, the time after September 11th when politicians made decisions that created deep wounds which still have not healed. It is a work of nonfiction – and it is also a thriller.