The CIA built one of its secret prisons inside an exclusive riding academy outside Vilnius, Lithuania, a current Lithuanian government official and a former US intelligence official (both anonymous) told ABC News this week. Documents provided by Lithuanian officials showed a now-defunct CIA front company, Elite LLC, bought the property from a family and built the “black site” in 2004, the report said.
Parliamentarians in Lithuania last week voted to launch an investigation into allegations that the CIA operated a clandestine prison near Vilnius airport from early 2004 to late 2005, where high-profile al-Qaeda suspects were interrogated.
“The activities in that prison were illegal,” human rights researcher John Sifton told ABC. “They included various forms of torture, including sleep deprivation, forced standing, painful stress positions.” Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite declined ABC’s request for an interview. (ABC News, Press TV, Nov. 18; Press TV, Nov. 5)