Poland to investigate new allegations about secret CIA prisons
January 27, 2014
Polish prosecutors will probe the allegations that Poland allowed CIA to set up a secret prison for terror suspects back in 2002 in exchange for USD 15 million in cash, as reported by “ The Washington Post” on Thursday.
Human rights groups and lawyers have argued for years that Poland stroke a secret deal with Washington, under which the CIA allegedly used the site, an intelligence training academy in north-east Poland, to detain and interrogate men it suspected of being terrorists. Polish authorities have been investigating the allegations since 2008.
“ The Washington Post” reported, citing former CIA agents, that the agency paid USD15 million to Polish intelligence in 2003 for use of the site, handing over the cash flown from Germany via diplomatic pouch.
“In the course of the investigation that is underway, we will analyze this Washington Post article and will include it in our investigation, Piotr Kosmaty, spokesman for prosecutors in the southern Polish city of Cracow, who are pursuing a criminal investigation into allegations about the facility, told Reuters.
Polish officials have denied that their country ever hosted a CIA black site.