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CIA may have held captives in Romania: Ex-spy chief

Iran Press TV

Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:26PM GMT

A former head of the Romanian intelligence service says the CIA may have kept detainees in a "transit center" in Romania, as a recent US Senate report confirmed the locations of CIA "black sites" in other countries.

Romania's ex-spy chief, Ioan Talpes, made the comments in a video interview with the Romanian daily, Adevarul, published on Saturday.

Talpes, who headed Romania's Foreign Intelligence Service from 2000 to 2004, said Bucharest and Washington discussed, following the 9/11 attacks, "sites that the Romanians would place at the disposal of CIA representatives, where they could organize the activities that they wanted to carry out in other countries."

The former spy chief added that "there was no site called a detention center from the beginning. It was simply a transit center."

In addition, Talpes claimed the Romanian government was "not aware of the presence of detainees" at the center, noting that Bucharest at the time was waiting for an approval to join the Western military alliance, NATO.

"The Romanian side was not interested in what the Americans were doing, purposely to show them that they could trust us," said Talpes.

The remarks by Talpes come just days after the US Senate released a report on December 9 revealing that 119 people were captured and detained in "black sites" in a number of countries, including Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Thailand and Afghanistan. The detainees were subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques," a phrase used by American officials as a euphemism for torture.

According to the Senate report, the CIA misled Congress and the White House about its torture of the detainees held at secret prisons around the world after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and acted more brutally than previously acknowledged.

The report said the harsh methods used against the detainees included waterboarding, sleep deprivation, mock executions and threats that the relatives of the prisoners would be sexually abused.

The torture revelations have sparked widespread anger across the world.


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