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2005-12-14 11:15:13

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - There is no evidence so far to back allegations that the CIA ran secret prisons in Europe, the EU's top justice official said on Wednesday, appearing to contradict Europe's human rights watchdog. "At the moment, there is no evidence confirming the allegations made," EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini told the European Parliament. His remarks come just a day after Swiss senator Dick Marty, looking into the scandal for the 46-nation...

2005-12-14 09:05:16

BERLIN (Reuters) - Poland's president again categorically denied the country had hosted secret U.S. prisons for terrorist suspects, but a German magazine raised fresh questions on Wednesday about U.S. activities at a remote base. The weekly Stern said U.S. officials had created a special zone inside a training camp for Polish security services in Kiejkuty, northeast Poland. It said the inner zone, about 100 meters (yards) by 50 meters, was screened off from the rest of the camp by...

2005-12-09 14:51:21

By Mark Trevelyan and Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Information Germany shared with the United States may have prompted the CIA to abduct a German citizen and fly him to Afghanistan for interrogation as a suspected terrorist, a newspaper reported on Friday. The report added to pressure on the government to reveal what officials may have known about the case of Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen who is suing the CIA for wrongful imprisonment after being held in an Afghan prison...

2005-12-09 13:05:56

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland was the heart of the CIA's secret detention network in Europe until recently, an analyst of the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch organization was quoted as telling a Polish newspaper. "Poland was the main base for CIA interrogations in Europe, while Romania played more of a role in the transfer of detained prisoners," analyst Marc Garlasco was quoted on Friday by Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza as saying in an interview. He said the allegations were based on...

2005-12-05 17:40:05

By Saul Hudson BERLIN (Reuters) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday defended U.S. treatment of detainees in the war on terrorism against European criticism, arguing that allies cooperate in lawful operations that prevent attacks. However, at the start of a five-day trip to the region, Rice did not directly address the allegation that the CIA had run secret prisons in Eastern Europe in her first extended remarks on the controversy. The accusation, which has sparked an EU...

2005-12-04 12:14:18

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States admitted to German officials last year that the CIA had mistakenly imprisoned one of its citizens for five months but asked the German government to remain quiet, according to a U.S. media report on Sunday. Daniel Coats, then the U.S. ambassador to Germany, told German Interior Minister Otto Schily in May 2004 that Khaled el-Masri had been wrongfully held but would soon be released, the Washington Post reported. He was later freed from a prison...

2005-12-02 12:26:58

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said on Friday it would "wait patiently" for a U.S. response to allegations that the CIA ran secret prisons in Europe and secretly flew terrorist suspects across the continent. Government spokesman Thomas Steg said Berlin would not rush Washington and did not necessarily expect answers when U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits next week to meet new Chancellor Angela Merkel. "We're not putting the American government under time pressure," Steg...

2005-11-03 19:03:17

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has sought to justify the detention of thousands of foreign terror suspects in a report to a UN panel as questions mount over possible secret CIA prisons for al Qaeda captives. In a report sent late last month to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva, the State Department gave its rationale for the holding "enemy combatants" in Afghanistan, Iraq and the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The report did...

2005-11-03 20:17:52

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has sought to justify the detention of thousands of foreign terror suspects in a report to a U.N. panel as questions mount over possible secret CIA prisons for al Qaeda captives. In a report sent late last month to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva, the State Department gave its rationale for the holding "enemy combatants" in Afghanistan, Iraq and the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The report did...

2005-11-02 12:07:11

By Joanne Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA has been hiding and interrogating al Qaeda captives at a secret facility in Eastern Europe, part of a covert global prison system that has included sites in eight countries and was set up after the September 11, 2001, attacks, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. The secret network included "several democracies in Eastern Europe" as well as Thailand and Afghanistan, the newspaper reported, but it did not publish the names of the...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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