Report: Secret CIA Prisons in Poland, Romania
Posted on Jun 8, 2007
A new report from the Council of Europe accuses Poland and Romania of housing secret CIA prisons, and also blames Germany and Italy for blocking investigation into the matter. The report’s author says his sources are limited, but “well placed” and even “implicated” in abuses. The CIA said the document was “distorted” but did not categorically deny its accusations.
AP via Yahoo:
PARIS—The CIA ran secret jails in Poland and Romania to interrogate key terror suspects, shackling and handcuffing inmates, keeping some naked for weeks and reducing contact with the outer world to masked and silent guards, a European investigator said Friday.
The CIA called the report “distorted,” but stopped short of denying the existence of prisons in the two countries—the agency said it does not discuss the location of its overseas facilities. Poland and Romania also vehemently denied the allegations.
“High value detainees” like self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and suspected senior al-Qaida operative Abu Zubaydah were held in Poland, said the report, which cited CIA sources. It said lesser detainees, but still of “remarkable importance,” were taken to Romania.