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CIA Paid for Poland Torture Center
The Washington Post alleges that CIA officials paid Polish intelligence $15 million—handed over in cardboard boxes—in exchange for access to a villa tucked away in the Polish lake district, where operatives ran a secret prison and employed interrogation techniques that many in the international community, included President Barack Obama, have labeled torture.