Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Swiss come into possession of proof of CIA prisons in Romania

Last Sunday’s edition of Switzerland’s SonntagsBlick says it has obtained a copy of a secret Swiss intelligence document constituting the first proof of the existence of CIA prisons in Europe.

In mid-November 2005, Swiss intelligence intercepted a faxed memo from the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo and its embassy in London. The text, written in French, states that the Foreign Minister came to know through his own sources that Romanian authorities permitted the CIA to interrogate 23 Iraqi and Afghani citizens on its territory. The memo adds that other CIA interrogation centers exist in Ukraine, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bulgaria. The document also cites secret US flights between Poland and Romania at the end of September 2005.

According to the paper, the CIA prison exists within Mihail Kogalniceanu military base near Constanza, a port on the Black Sea.

The Swiss intelligence services intercepted the memo via its Onyx system, which captures satellite communications.

Swiss authorities are apparently embarrassed by the revelation. Last Sunday, the Swiss Federal Defense Department refused to comment except to say that a secret document had been divulged. Meanwhile, the Romanian public is scandalized by the existence of the secret prison, which Bucharest had denied.

Swiss MP Dick Marty, charged by the European Commission to investigate the matter of CIA prisons in Europe, said he could not yet confirm the authenticity of the Egyptian faxed memo but indicated that the information confirmed previously existing evidence.

From a report by Mirel Bran and Agathe Duparc which appeared in today's edition of Le Monde.


Blogger littlebitofsonshine said...

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8:59 AM  
Blogger markfromireland said...


I've been following this one too. Swissinfo have some good info and for those intereted in the genesis of the Marty investihation links to the backstory

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tears are streaming down my sad, so awful.......

10:26 AM  

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