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  • The Senate report on CIA torture has sparked a wave of public controversy.

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Published 16 December 2014

Romania says it’s willing to “clear up” allegations that CIA torture happened within its borders.

The lawyer of a CIA detainee said Tuesday that Romania’s role in the U.S. torture program must be put under renewed scrutiny.

“It is incumbent on the Romanian authorities to acknowledge the truth,” lawyer Amrit Singh told Reuters.

Singh is a lawyer for Saudi national Adb Rahim Nashiri. Allegedly a top al-Qaida figure until his capture in 2002, Nashiri was accused of masterminding the USS Cole bombing off the coast of Yemen which killed 17 U.S. soldiers and injured 39 others in 2000.

The Saudi is currently detained in Guantanamo Bay, but Singh stated prior to this that he was held in secret CIA black sites.

The lawyer now says the recent Senate report on CIA torture shows Nashiri was at one point tortured in a secret CIA installation in Romania, even though the eastern European nation is never mentioned by name in the heavily redacted report. Another lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee told teleSUR last week the public section of the report could be just the tip of the iceberg of CIA torture.

“The truth is that there was a secret CIA prison on their territory,” Singh stated.

Earlier today, Romania’s foreign ministry issued a statement that the government is “ready to clear up” allegations of torture on Romanian soil.

According to AFP, Romanian prosecutors now say they have launched an investigation into the allegations of torture, though the government in Bucharest maintains it has no evidence a CIA black site ever existed in the country.

However, over the weekend the former head of Romania’s intelligence service, Ioan Talpes, publicly stated the CIA had at least one installation in Romania.

Speaking to Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine, Talpes said the facility may have been used as a transit camp for detainees.

“It is probably that people were imprisoned, and treated in an inhumane manner,” he stated.

Check out more of our contextualized coverage of the CIA torture report here.


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