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PM Ponta: Since I have been Prime Minister, I have had no data on existence of CIA prisons in Romania

Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Craiova on Friday said that he has no information concerning the existence of any CIA prisons on Romania’s territory.

“In the three years since I have been Prime Minister, I have never had any kind of information concerning the existence of these prisons. Whether there have been or not before, I don’t know, as I did not have leading positions in the state, I can only tell you what I know: since I have been Prime Minister, I have never had any kind of information that something like this existed,” the Prime Minister said.

Former President Ion Iliescu was saying in an interview released this week by Der Spiegel that he approved in principle in the period 2002-2003 a request of the USA on the creation of a CIA centre in Romania, however without knowing that it was going to be a detention unit, the details of the project having been established at that time by Ioan Talpes, who was head of the Presidential Administration and head of the Department of National Security of the presidency.

 

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