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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gitmo Trove without WikiLeaks.....

Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks has unleashed its latest batch of classified military documents, including previously secret government assessments of nearly every detainee ever held at the Guantanamo Bay prison, as well as new details on the whereabouts of key al-Qaida leaders on Sept. 11, 2001.

Innocent men: NPR reports that in at least two cases, the documents show that the United States was aware that they had imprisoned innocent men—even putting that in writing in their prison files—but took months return the men to their home countries.
Foreign involvement: China, Russian, Tajikistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Algeria, and Tunisia were among the foreign countries that sent intelligence officers to Guantanamo to question detainees.
Al Jazeera cameraman: Sami al-Hajj, a Sudanese cameraman for Arab television station Al Jazeera, was held at the prison for six years while government officials grilled him about the network’s newsgathering operations in Chechnya, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. As the NYT notes: “While Mr. Hajj insisted he was just a journalist, his file says he helped Islamic extremist groups courier money and obtain Stinger missiles and cites the United Arab Emirates’ claim that he was a Qaeda member. He was released in 2008 and returned to work for Al Jazeera.”
Prisoner behavior: The files show that while many detainees were largely cooperative with their captors, there were plenty of noteworthy exceptions. Prisoners relied on hunger strikes, threats of retribution and hoarded contraband. Scores of prisoners were given citations for “inappropriate use of bodily fluids.”

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