BUCHAREST/WARSAW (Reuters) – The lawyer for a man tortured by the CIA said Romania’s authorities should acknowledge the role they played after a US Senate report pointed to Romania as the site of the secret CIA jail where the man was interrogated.
The report did not name countries that hosted CIA jails, but it gave details of prisoners being transferred to and from “detention cen-tre BLACK” which matched air traffic records of CIA-chartered planes passing through Ro-manian airports between 2003 and 2005. Some of these records were independently re-viewed by Reuters while others were cited in court documents.
According to the Senate report, the CIA gave the government that hosted the secret jail at least US$1 million to thank it for supporting the agency’s detention program-me.
The report cited the unnamed CIA officer in charge of the jail telling his superiors that, despite harsh interrogation techniques, the intelligence produced was often useless.
Ioan Talpes, who was national security adviser for Romania’s president from 2000 to 2004, told Reuters Romania had allo-wed US intelligence to operate a facility in Romania, but Romanian officials were
unaware people were detained there and did not receive money in exchange for hosting any jail.