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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Report Says CIA Ran Secret Jails

PARIS -- The CIA ran secret prisons in Poland and Romania from 2003 to 2005 to interrogate detainees in its war on terror, European investigator Dick Marty said in a report released Friday.

He also accused Germany and Italy of obstructing his probe into alleged secret detentions by the CIA. Marty's report, citing unidentified CIA officials, said top terror suspects Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed were secretly held and interrogated in Poland. He said "highest state authorities" in countries involved knew of the alleged detention centers.

Jerzy Szmajdzinski, who served as Poland's defense minister from 2001 to 2005, sarcastically brushed aside the accusations. "Of course, I organized everything and gave them a red-carpet welcome," Szmajdzinski said. He declined further comment, saying, "I don't deal with political fiction."

Romanian Senator Norica Nicolai, who headed an investigation for the parliament into the allegations, rejected Marty's findings as "totally unfounded."

In Germany, a government spokesman strongly rejected the accusation that it hindered the probe.

Marty's report said collaboration by U.S. allies was critical to the secret detention program, which took place in the framework of NATO's security policy.

"The secret detention facilities in Europe were run directly and exclusively by the CIA," said the report.