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Romania : Secret CIA prison in Bucharest

8 December 2011
Presseurop
Süddeutsche Zeitung

Süddeutsche Zeitung, 8 December 2011

Süddeutsche Zeitung has revealed that the CIA had a secret prison in Romania. The German daily has collected testimony from several American secret agents, who confirmed the existence of a secret prison in downtown Bucharest, which they themselves had visited.

Similar to other sites operated by the CIA in the Middle East and elsewhere in Europe, and used to interrogate alleged terrorists in the wake of 9/11, the Bucharest “prison” was hidden in a courtyard belonging to the “Romanian NSA,” an intelligence agency created in 2002 to prepare Romania’s accession to NATO.

It was this prospect that was the motivating force behind Romanian authorities’ collaboration with the CIA, explains Süddeutsche Zeitung. Romania has always officially denied the existence of the centre, while the deputy chief of the Romanian NSA, Adrian Cămărăşan, has insisted that no Islamic terrorists were ever detained by his organisation.