All the sources’ names are withheld, yet the Council of Europe has overwhelmingly adopted a report alleging European governments’ complicity with illegal CIA operations. The resolution calls for compensation for the victims.
Swiss investigator Dick Marty says the EU capitals
have built a “wall of silence” around their part in a US intelligence-gathering programme. That included holding terrorist suspects in secret jails in Romania and Poland, who have dismissed the report.
Polish parliamentarian Tadeusz Iwinski accepted there were flights but nothing else: “We had several (CIA flights), let’s say a dozen of them. We should remember that in countries like Spain, Germany and others, there have been hundreds of those CIA planes. But we are absolutely denying the existence of such detaining centres.”
At the continent’s leading human rights forum, Marty explained why he had not visited the so-called scene of the crime: “I wasn’t ready to go walking around a military base where obviously nothing was left… accompanied by TV cameras which would have proved Marty didn’t find anything. I’m not the detective Hercule Poirot with his magnifying glass, who would have picked up DNA samples to prove detainees had been there.”
Marty said he was sure the Americans would eventually perform their “duty of truth”, and that it would be sad if Europe did not. He defended using the testimony of more than 30 European and US intelligence officials anonymously, saying that without this their governments would charge them with high treason.