An Egyptian government fax intercepted by Swiss intelligence offers the first “real evidence” that the US interrogated suspected terrorists at secret prisons in Eastern Europe, European politicians said yesterday.
The highly-classified fax, purportedly sent late last year by Egypt’s foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, to its embassy in London, was leaked to a Swiss newspaper on Sunday.
Egypt has not confirmed the authenticity of the fax. But MEPs described it as “a hugely significant step” when angry Swiss authorities confirmed the leak was based on a communication intercepted by a top secret surveillance system, known as Onyx.
The Romanian defence ministry “categorically” denied the content of the latest leaked Egyptian fax. According to Swiss media, the fax went on: “There are similar interrogation centres in Ukraine, Kosovo, Macedonia and in Bulgaria.”
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