Former Romania president admits allowing CIA site

State Building and Fragility Monitor

A former Romanian president has acknowledged approving the CIA’s request for a site in Romania, but said he would have refused had he known how it would be used.

Ion Iliescu, president from 2000 to 2004, wrote on his blog on Monday that he believed Romania had hosted CIA „black sites” where prisoners were held and subjected to torture.

Romanian authorities had long denied reports they hosted a CIA secret prison, but Iliescu said last week he approved a request for a site in 2002-2003. He was widely criticised for his remarks.

Iliescu wrote on this blog on Monday that „I would surely have taken another decision” if he had known what the CIA was doing.

He did not mention the location of the site, its size or whether there was more than one.

The Associated Press news agency reported there were CIA black sites at a US airbase near the Black Sea port of Constanta…

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