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Thai support for CIA torture "totally untrue" : NSC

The National Security Council on Wednesday firmly dismissed a report that Thailand had been involved in the US Central Intelligence Agency's secret detention and torture of suspected terrorists during the post-September 11, 2001 period.

Released by the Open Society Foundations, a George Soros organisation, the report identified 54 governments, including Thailand, as collaborators of the CIA.

"It is totally untrue," NSC secretary general Lt General Paradorn Pattanathabutr said.

He also hit back at Soros, a financier whose speculative attacks on the baht currency is blamed partially for Thailand's 1997 financial crisis.

Paradorn said he wondered whether Soros had an ulterior motive in raising the accusation against Thailand.

According to the report, Thailand hosted a secret CIA prison where detainees were tortured. The Open Society Foundations attributed most of its findings to the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), which interviewed 14 "high value detainees" in September 2006 after they were transferred from secret CIA detention to Guantanamo Bay.

Among them were Riduan Isamuddin or Hambali, and Mohammed Nazir bin Lep or Lillie.


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