Out in the Polish countryside by a lake there’s a house surrounded by razor wire. Once, according to Polish prosecutors, used as a secret interrogation site by the CIA. It is now the subject of an official probe, the aim of which is to find out how much the Polish government knew about this covert operation on its own soil, and about the methods used to get confessions and intelligence from suspected al-Qaida members who were kept there. Continue reading
Poland’s prosecutors said Friday they had extended to February an ongoing probe into the country’s alleged hosting of a CIA secret prison where top Al-Qaeda terror suspects were tortured. Continue reading
The European Court of Human Rights required Poland to provide information on secret locations on its territory where CIA agents tortured terrorism suspects in 2002-2003. The demand includes clarifications on a secret agreement allegedly sealed between USA and Poland on secret detention of CIA’s captives on Polish territory. The judges reportedly want to know whether the then Polish cabinet of ministers knew about the “interrogation techniques” of the American agents and whether the presumed agreement between Warsaw and Washington included provisions that made torture in Poland possible. Continue reading
Former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashesaid Friday he was not aware of any secret U.S. prison in Poland during the five years he was ambassador to the Eastern European country.
“I don’t even know if it happened, but it didn’t happen while I was there,” Ashe said. “It wasn’t on my watch.” Continue reading
A Polish official says that prosecutors have a construction order that proves the CIA wanted a cage for terror suspects built at a secret ‘black site’ prison inside Poland.
Senator Jozef Pinior claims Krakow prosecutors have a document that shows a local contractor was asked to build a cage at Stare Kiekuty, a Polish army based used as a CIA prison for al Qaeda terror suspects in 2002 and 2003. Continue reading
The smoldering scandal around an alleged CIA secret prison in Poland has exploded again, as charges have been brought against the country’s former intelligence chief for allowing the site. For years, Poland’s top officials denied the prison existed. Continue reading
For years, the notion that Poland could allow the CIA to operate a secret prison in a remote lake region was treated as a crackpot idea by the country’s politicians, journalists and the public.
A heated political debate this week reveals how dramatically the narrative has changed. Continue reading
Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has promised to get to the bottom of allegations that his country played a role in the operation of a secret CIA prison on Polish soil where Al Qaeda suspects were interrogated.
Responding to newspaper reports earlier this week which revealed that prosecutors have charged Poland’s former intelligence chief, Zbigniew Siemiatkowski, with helping to set up covert CIA interrogation centers at the height of the ‘war on terror,’ Tusk told a news conference in Warsaw Thursday: Continue reading
Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Thursday appealed for more “discretion” around the country’s investigation into alleged CIA prisons for al Qaeda suspects on Polish soil, after media revelations about the probe.
Polish media said on Tuesday prosecutors had charged a former head of Poland’s intelligence service with helping set up secret CIA detention centers at the height of the U.S. “war on terror” in the early 2000s. Continue reading
Human rights campaigners welcomed on Wednesday a report that prosecutors had charged the former head of Poland’s intelligence service for helping set up CIA prisons for al Qaeda suspects in the country at the height of the U.S.-led “war on terror.” Continue reading