He denied, though, awareness that it was used for the brutal treatment of interrogation suspects described in a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. The report did not list countries that hosted CIA prisons, but a ruling in July by the European Court of Human Rights indicated two al-Qaida suspects were tortured by the CIA in 2002 and 2003 at a secret detention facility in Poland.
Kwasniewski was president at the time, but said in an interview with Warsaw's Radio TOK-FM Wednesday he was unaware of CIA torture methods, adding he agreed with then-U.S. President George W. Bush to strengthen intelligence capabilities between the United States and Poland after Sept. 11, 2001.
"Poland took steps to end the activity at this site and the activity was stopped at some point. These methods, which are repulsive, which I do not accept, which are not justifiable, did not bring anything good. And that is the real catastrophe of the U.S., that is the real catastrophe of the CIA, that is the real catastrophe of George Bush."
Kwasniewski added that CIA personnel were secretive of the agency's aims and methods, which aroused suspicion in Polish officials.
Polish prosecutors opened an investigation in 2008, which continues without the release of any findings. Kwasniewski left office in 2005. Current Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said Tuesday the Senate report could aid in concluding the investigations, adding she recently spoke by telephone with U.S. President Barack Obama about the matter.