File - A barbed wire fence surrounding a military area is pictured in the forest in Stare Kiejkuty village in northeastern Poland, in this August 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel
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The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday, piling pressure on Poland, one of Washington's closest allies, to break its long silence about the global program for detaining Al-Qaeda suspects.Poland has always denied that the CIA had a jail on its territory, even as leaks from former U.S. intelligence officials, and a Senate investigation, brought more and more details of the program into the open.Thursday's ruling was the first time that a court in Europe had said that the CIA operated one of the secret jails – often referred to as "black sites" – on the continent.The ministry spokesman Marcin Wojciechowski said the court ruling was premature because Polish prosecutors were investigating the allegations about the CIA jail.The court ruling did not directly cover the United States, which is outside its jurisdiction.President Barack Obama signed an order ending the use of the CIA jails after taking office in 2009 .
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