U.S. Officials Urge Nations' Discretion on CIA Prisons

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Byline: Nicholas Kralev, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Bush administration yesterday cautioned countries with secret CIA prisons in their territory against disclosing the sites' existence, even as the European Parliament renewed its demand that its members come clean if they host such detention centers.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), meanwhile, said it planned to visit some of the prisoners who were recently transferred from the overseas locations to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "very soon."

President Bush's speech on Wednesday, in which he acknowledged the CIA detention program for the first time, drew reaction from around the world, with numerous calls for ending the practice or revealing where the prisons are.

"The location of these prison camps must be made public," said German Socialist Wolfgang Kreissl-Doerfler, a member of a special European Parliament committee investigating the matter. "We need to know if there has been any complicity in illegal acts by governments of EU countries or states seeking EU membership."

The head of the committee, Swiss Sen. Dick Marty, said Mr. Bush's speech was "just one piece of the truth."

Graham Watson, leader of the assembly's Liberal Democrats, said Mr. Bush's acknowledgment will "bring a new interest and momentum to the work" of the committee investigating reports of possible secret prisons in Eastern Europe.

The State Department urged the countries that host CIA prisons to keep quiet, because the administration wants the practice to continue and "certain aspects" of it should not be discussed.

"There are just certain lines we have decided we are not going to cross," said department spokesman Sean McCormack. …