Does anyone remember that a year or two ago when names
were being suggested for the the UN Secretary-General,
the Eastern Europeans wanted to submit a candidate
(instead of only Asians submitting, as it was their
turn) and there were rumors that Aleksander
Kwasniewski (mentioned near the end of this story) had
U.S. support? I don't think his name was ever formally
put in the running though.
CIA dissenters aided secret prisons report: author
By Marcin Grajewski Tue Jul 17, 9:17 AM ET
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Dissident U.S. intelligence
officers angry at former Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld helped a European probe uncover details of
secret CIA prisons in Europe, the top investigator
said on Tuesday.
Swiss Senator Dick Marty, author of a Council of
Europe report on the jails, said senior CIA officials
disapproved of Rumsfeld's methods in hunting down
terrorist suspects, and had agreed to talk to him on
condition of anonymity.
"There were huge conflicts between the CIA and
Rumsfeld. Many leading figures in the CIA did not
accept these methods at all," Marty told European
Parliament committees, defending his work against
complaints it was based on unnamed sources.
The report issued last month said the Central
Intelligence Agency ran secret jails in Poland and
Romania, with the complicity of those governments, and
transported terrorist suspects across Europe in secret
Poland and Romania have repeatedly denied hosting CIA
prisons on their soil.
"People in the CIA felt these things were not
consonant with the sort of intelligence work they
normally do," Marty said.
He said he had based his findings largely on
conversations with "high officials of the CIA (and)
highly placed European office-holders, who for
different reasons, often honorable reasons, were ready
to explain what had happened."
Since he had no power to summon witnesses, subpoena
documents or search buildings, he was forced to rely
on such evidence, Marty said.
"The Americans themselves admitted there were secret
prisons, that they abducted people from the streets,
that people were handed over to countries like Syria,
Yemen, Egypt where they were tortured," he said.
U.S. President George W. Bush acknowledged last year
that the CIA had held top al Qaeda suspects in secret
overseas detention centers but did not say in which
"The president of United States made a very important
statement..., I think we can all expect ... in the
near future further admissions," said Marty.
He also said he would not remove name of former Polish
and Romanian government officials from the report,
although they threatened on Tuesday to take legal
action against the senator.
The report said former Polish national security
adviser Marek Siwiec and former Romanian Defense
Minister Ioan Pascu knew their countries had hosted
secret CIA detention centers.
"I have no reason to withdraw his name. I would
certainly not be prepared to apologies. He knew
exactly what was happening as did his president,"
Marty told a news conference, referring to Siwiec and
former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski.
"I am not shaking in my shoes," he said of the libel
suit that Siwiec vowed to launch in a Polish court
unless Marty removed his name from the report within
Pascu challenged Marty in the hearing to substantiate
his allegations or withdraw them, but the Swiss
legislator did not respond directly.