The revelations of Sikorski on CIA prison and Putin deal

Former Polish FM, Radosław Sikorski has released a book about issues such as secret CIA prisons for terrorists and the proposal of partition of Ukraine, allegedly made to former PM Donald Tusk by Vladimir Putin. According to some politicians and journalists his revelations were “irresponsible” and could be treated as disclosure of state secrets.

Sikorski writes in his book that CIA interrogation centers were located in Poland and that terrorists were held there. He mentioned a particular villa in Stare Kiejkuty, northern Poland, where the interrogations allegedly took place.

Sikorski reveals that it was leased to the US secret services “without a signed agreement” and Americans paid Poland with “cash in boxes.” He commented wryly that the only benefit from the whole process was the revamp to the villa in which he later stayed and briefed “Polish intelligence operatives”. 

The former Foreign Minister also wrote about the alleged proposal given by Russian President Vladimir Putin to Donald Tusk, former Polish Prime Minister. In 2014 Sikorski told “Politico” that during Tusk’s visit to Moscow in 2008, Putin allegedly offered Poland the possibility to participate in the partition of Ukraine.

When the interview in “Politico” was published, Mr Sikorski said that his words were “taken out of context”, and later claimed that “his memory had failed him”. 

In his book, Mr Sikorski also revealed details about how some diplomats cooperated with intelligence services, and uncovered sensitive details which Warsaw was privy to during the Russian-Georgian war. He admitted that Poland had been “bluffing” about Nordstream blocking the Świnoujście LNG port. 

Bartosz Cichocki, deputy Foreign Minister, told “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” that the revelations by Mr Sikorski were “irresponsible”. “This is the behavior of a person who is leaving politics. It is hard to judge a person who writes first, then thinks about what he wrote,” Cichocki said. 

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