Former Polish leader denies knowledge of CIA site

A former Polish president who was in office when the CIA is suspected of running a secret prison in his country says he has no knowledge of the facility or of harsh interrogation techniques allegedly used against terror suspects there. Aleksander Kwasniewski’s comments came after The Associated Press reported that the USS Cole bombing plotter Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri was subjected to harsh treatment in a secret prison in Poland in late 2002 and early 2003.

“I am not able to say whether such things took place or could have taken place — it all still needs to be checked,” he said.

“U.S. planes landed in Poland and many activities took place in connection to that, but it was fully under U.S. responsibility,” he said. “Our support for the intelligence activity stemmed from the conviction that it serves the security of the U.S., of Poland and of the world. I absolutely do not accept this notion that democracy must disarm in the face of terrorists and the terrorists can do what they want with us.”

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