CIA’s little helpers

Published on 23 December 2009 at 13:12
Gazeta Wyborcza, 22 December 2009


There are at least two secret CIA sites in Lithuania where top-ranking Al-Queda operatives may have been held and interrogated between 2002-2006, concluded an investigating committee of the Lithuanian parliament. Two CIA “black sites” in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius are said to have been set up with assistance from the Lithuanian secret service (DBP) whose supervisors failed to inform sitting prime-ministers presidents. “Democratic control failed and the DBP became a state within a state. It's high time we put an end to it right now”, comments Andronius Ažubalis, head of the foreign affairs parliamentary committee, in Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. So far, Lithuania is the only country in the region trying to hold to account those who allowed secret CIA operations. The American press has widely reported that illegal interrogation centres also existed in Poland and Romania. Both governments, however, strongly deny these allegations.

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