A cache of classified US military documents provides
intelligence assessments on nearly all of the 779 people who been detained at
the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.
The secret documents, made available to The New York Times
and several other news organizations, reveal that most of the 172 remaining
prisoners have been rated as a "high risk" of posing a threat to the
United States and its allies if released without adequate rehabilitation and
supervision, the newspaper said.
The documents, provided by WikiLeaks, also show about a
third of the 600 detainees already sent to other countries were also designated
"high risk" before they were freed or passed to the custody of other
governments, the Times said in its report late on Sunday.
The dossiers, prepared under the Bush administration, also
show the seat-of-the-pants intelligence gathering in war zones that led to the
incarcerations of innocent men for years in cases of mistaken identity or
The documents are largely silent about the use of the harsh
interrogation tactics at Guantanamo that drew global condemnation, the
President Barack Obama pledged two years ago to close the
prison at US naval base in Cuba but it remains in legal limbo.
Obama administration officials condemned the leaking of the
documents but said the material is out of date.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell and State Department envoy
Dan Fried said in a joint statement that the administration's Guantanamo review
panel, established in January 2009, had made its own assessments.
"The assessments of the Guantanamo Review Task Force
have not been compromised to Wikileaks. Thus, any given DAB (Detainee
Assessment Briefs) illegally obtained and released by WikiLeaks may or may not
represent the current view of a given detainee," the statement said.
This was the latest batch of secret US documents dumped by
WikiLeaks, which had previously released classified Pentagon reports on the
wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and 250,000 State Department cables.
Bradley Manning, a 23-year-old US soldier accused of leaking
secret documents to WikiLeaks, has been detained since May of last year.
The Guantanamo detention camp was opened to house prisoners
captured in the US-led Afghan war launched by President George W. Bush soon
after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
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