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Leaked document suggests Swiss knew of secret CIA prisons

[JURIST] Swiss intelligence agents have been aware of secret CIA prisons in eastern Europe [JURIST news archive] for nearly two months, according to documents leaked to the Swiss newspaper SonntagsBlick [media website]. According to SonntagsBlick, Swiss military intelligence [official website in German] agents used satellite listening systems to intercept a fax sent from Cairo to the Egyptian embassy in London, the contents of which confirmed the existence of the detention centers. The November 10 fax allegedly stated that 23 Iraqi and Afghan citizens had been transferred to a military base in Romania for interrogation purposes and added that similar detention centres had been set up in Ukraine, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bulgaria. Officials in Poland recently ended an official investigation [JURIST report] into the existence of secret CIA prisons in that country, the contents of which have not yet been released. Swiss parliamentarian Dick Marty, heading a Council of Europe probe into the secret prisons allegations [JURIST report], said however that the authenticity of the SonntagsBlick document has not been proved and that the fax simply appears to confirm information already known. Swissinfo has more. Read the SonntagsBlick article here [in German].

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