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Red Cross Wants Access To All U.S.-Held Terror Suspects

A prisoner being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by the United States (file photo) (AFP) 3 November 2005  -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) today called for access to all foreign terrorism suspects held by the United States.

Antonella Notari, the ICRC's head spokeswoman, said access to the detainees is an important humanitarian priority for the ICRC.

The ICRC call comes a day after the "Washington Post" newspaper carried a story saying that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is maintaining a network of eight secret detention facilities around the world for terrorist suspects.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan refused to confirm or deny the report, saying he could not talk about intelligence matters.