Hush money: CIA paid Poland to host its secret prisons and detainees

RT
December 9,2014

A file photo taken in 2003 shows the control tower of Szymany's airport, northeastern Poland, where a CIA used Boeing 737 plane allegedly landed with prisoners from Afghanistan onboard (AFP Photo / Piotr Placzkowski)
A file photo taken in 2003 shows the control tower of Szymany’s airport, northeastern Poland, where a CIA used Boeing 737 plane allegedly landed with prisoners from Afghanistan onboard (AFP Photo / Piotr Placzkowski)

The CIA paid at least a million dollars to Poland for it to host secret prisons, where it incarcerated alleged 9/11 terror suspects, according to the recent US torture report.

Warsaw had initially tried to halt the transfer of suspects, but after a generous offer, it suddenly became more “flexible.”

Although redacted, the US torture report doesn’t name Poland, calling it just the “Country”. Details such as the names of the detainees transferred to the country and the time they arrived at the CIA “black site” match the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the existence of a CIA “black site” in Poland.

“In December 2002, the two individuals then being detained by the CIA in [the] Country (Abu Zubaydah and ‘Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri) were transferred to [the] Country,” says the report.

According to the report, the agreement to host a CIA detention facility in the Country “created multiple, ongoing difficulties between [the] Country and the CIA.”

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