Two secret CIA prisons 'closed ahead of Rice visit'
6 December 2005, WASHINGTON - Two secret prisons operated by the U.S. secret service in Poland and Romania were closed just ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to Europe, ABC News reported Monday.
6 December 2005
WASHINGTON - Two secret prisons operated by the U.S. secret service in Poland and Romania were closed just ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to Europe, ABC News reported Monday.
Shortly before her departure to Germany Monday Rice admitted that the U.S. had flown terror suspects abroad for interrogation, but refused to address reports that the U.S. was holding them in secret prisons without recourse to the law.
Human Rights Watch identified Poland and Romania as the countries that housed terror suspects at secret prisons.
Citing current and former CIA officers, ABC News reported that the U.S. scrambled to get all the suspects off European soil before Rice arrived. As many as 11 top al-Qaeda suspects were moved to a new CIA facility in the North African desert, according to ABC.
Rice reacted by saying U.S. intelligence operations had saved European lives and had been conducted in cooperation with European governments.
The CIA declined to comment and the Polish Defence Minister Radoslaw Sikorski told ABC News that "My president has said there is no truth in these reports."
Romanian prime minister told ABC there is no evidence of a CIA site but that he will investigate.
CIA's secret prisons have existed since March 2002 when one was established in Thailand to detain the first top al- Qaeda capture, according to ABC. The approval for another secret prison was reportedly granted last year by a North African nation.
Subject: German news