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US Agrees to Respond to Reports of Secret Prisons in Europe


The United States says it will respond to European concerns about reports of secret prisons in Europe and transport flights for terror suspects.

A State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, said Tuesday that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice assured visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier that Washington will reply to an expected query from the European Union.

Mr. Steinmeier said U.S. officials also have agreed to respond to European questions on the matter.

The State Department spokesman said Secretary Rice told Mr. Steinmeier that all U.S. activities comply with American laws and the constitution.

Recent media reports say the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency allegedly runs secret prisons in eastern Europe for terrorist suspects. There also have been reports of flights transporting CIA prisoners through EU airspace.

U.S. authorities have refused to confirm or deny the reports.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.