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UPDATED: 12:59, June 08, 2006
U.S. dismisses EU report on secret prisons as "rehash"
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The United States on Wednesday refuted a European Union (EU) report on alleged CIA secret prisons in Europe as a "rehash."

State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters that though U.S. officials have not had the opportunity to thoroughly read the report, they "don't see any new solid facts in it."

"I think that we're certainly disappointed at the tone and the content of it," he said.

Though the EU report criticized the CIA for detaining and transferring terror suspects through European countries, McCormack said that renditions and transfers of terror suspects to third countries are legal.

The report suggested that intelligence activities were inherently bad, but international intelligence cooperation is important and saves lives, he said.

White House press secretary Tony Snow did not comment on the report, but said that nations have practiced renditions for a very long time.

The EU report by Swiss investigator Dick Marty revealed that more than a dozen European countries colluded in a "global spider's web" of secret CIA prisons and transfers of terrorism suspects.

The report offered no direct proof, but said that many evidence shows that the CIA set up detention centers in Europe.

Source: Xinhua

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