23:11 GMT31 July 2021
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    BANGKOK (Sputnik) – Next Saturday, Thailand’s authorities will open a museum on the territory of the former US intelligence base in the country's northeastern province of Udon Thani, local media reported Monday.

    The project of turning the base into a museum costs around $800,000, Channel 3 broadcaster said. The base used to be performing electronic and radio intelligence, with its activity peaking during the Vietnam War.

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    Apart from the historical value, the newly created museum will help to get rid of the rumors that the base also hosted a US secret prison, where terrorism suspects were tortured in the 2000s, according to Channel 3. In addition, an officer of the Thai army said that during the investigation, no signs of a secret prison were found on the site.

    Recent reports suggested that in 2002, the new CIA Director Gina Haspel was in charge of a secret prison in Thailand where suspected terrorists were tortured.


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