20 People Held in Secret CIA Prisons Still Missing

Despite 2009 order to close 'black sites,' many unaccounted for
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2013 10:56 AM CST
20 People Held in Secret CIA Prisons Still Missing
There are still 20 people in CIA secret prisons who remain unaccounted for, four years after President Obama ordered them closed.   (Shutterstock)

In 2009 President Obama ordered the CIA's "black site" prisons closed. That same year, ProPublica reported that more than 30 people who had been held in them were unaccounted for. In a look at what's happened since, ProPublica reports that at least 20 prisoners remain missing. A 216-page report from the Open Society Foundation last week asserted that several of those who have "resurfaced" were transferred to prisons in Libya, Syria, and Egypt and ultimately gained their freedom in the Arab Spring uprisings; one was found to have died in a Libyan jail in 2009. The report contains the longest list yet of those detained or transferred by the CIA: some 136 people. (Read more Central Intelligence Agency stories.)

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