Satellite images could help determine if the CIA ran secret prisons in Europe, according to a Swiss lawmaker who is drawing up a report on the issue for the Council of Europe human rights organization. The Washington Post reported this month the CIA had been interrogating suspected Al-Qaida captives at a secret facility in eastern Europe that was part of a covert global prison system with sites in eight countries. The Council of Europe has opened an investigation into the allegations, which Washington has refused to confirm or deny. Dick Marty, who hopes to present his report to the council’s parliamentary assembly in January, has contacted the EU Satellite Center, based in Torrejon de Ardoz in Spain. Human Rights Watch has identified Romania and Poland as countries that may have been used by the CIA in the alleged secret operation. Both countries have denied the charge. Marty said the group had given him specific locations which might have been used as detention centers in those countries.