Monday, April 30, 2007

Egyptian Sources Confirm The Presence Of Secret American Prisons

Larisa Alexandrovna has posted an item on her blog about the "CIA Torture Fax" that nearly landed a couple of Swiss journalists in prison. Larisa has received a copy of the document in question (which the journalists say was found on a train). It's posted on her blog, but it's in French.

I hope to write more about this in the near future but at the moment I wish to share an English translation:
Egyptian Sources Confirm The Presence Of Secret American Prisons.

Message from the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs / European Affairs Management

November 15, 2005

The ambassador has learned through his own sources that 23 Iraqi and Afghan citizens have in fact been interrogated in the Mihail Kogalniceanu base in the [Romanian] city of Constanza on the shore of the Black Sea. There are similar interrogation centers in Ukraine, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bulgaria. One of the newspapers has mentioned that the NGO Human Rights Watch has laid out evidence affirming that American military airplanes transported detainees from the Salt Pit base in Kabul to the Polish base Szymany and the Romanian base mentioned above on the 21st and 22nd of September, 2005.

Despite all these cited facts the Romanians responsible continue to deny the presence of secret prisons used by American information services for the interrogation of al-Q'aeda members. The spokesman for the European delegation has received many official denials from the Romanians.