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German TV uncovers secret CIA prison in Romanian gov't building

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Dec 8, IRNA -- Germany's ARD television network reported Thursday that the CIA ran a secret prison inside a Romanian government building as late as 2006.

The existence of a CIA prison in Romania has been widely reported but its location has never been made public until a joint investigation by The Associated Press and ARD.

The news organizations located the former prison and learned details of the facility where harsh interrogation tactics were used.

The Romanian prison was part of a network of so-called black sites that the CIA operated and controlled overseas in Thailand, Lithuania and Poland.

All the prisons were closed by May 2006, and the CIA's notorious detention and interrogation program ended in 2009.

For years, the CIA used a government building — codenamed Bright Light — as a makeshift prison for its so-called anti-terror detainees.

There, it held al-Qaida operatives Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the alleged mastermind of 9/11, and others in a basement prison before they were ultimately transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2006, according to former CIA officials familiar with the location and inner workings of the secret prison.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30701773

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