Former Polish intelligence chief who says report on CIA detention site part of US domestic battle admitted CIA had access to facility
John Byrne
Published: Thursday March 8, 2007
Print This  Email This

Former Polish intelligence chief Zbigniew Siemiatkowski, who denied RAW STORY's report on a secret CIA detention site Thursday, told Polish news agency PAP in 2005 that the CIA had access to two internal zones at the Stare Kiejkuty training school.

Siemiatkowski, Polish intelligence chief in 2002, suggested the information presented by RAW STORY "could be part of the domestic political battle in the US over who is to succeed current Republican President George W Bush," according to the German news agency Deutsche Presse Agentur.

Polish newspapers seized on the story in Thursday's papers. Allegations of secret meetings held by Britain and the United States surrounding the detention of terror suspects -- and an invitation from officials in the administrations of US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair for Poland to join the project in 2002 -- were widely discussed on morning talk shows.

Former Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller denied Thursday that Poland had housed any "secret CIA prisons." US and British officials did not reply.

RAW STORY sought comment from the Polish government three days prior to the report and received no response. The White House did not respond to two calls placed for comment Tuesday.

CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano declined to address specific allegations by British and Polish intelligence officials that the agency had operated a detention site at Stare Kiejkuty, a Soviet-era compound once used by the Russians.

"The agency's terrorist interrogation program has been conducted lawfully, with great care and close review, producing vital information that has helped disrupt plots and save lives," Gimigliano said Monday. "That is also true of renditions, another key, lawful tool in the fight against terror."