A new Wikileaks dump reveals details of Guantanamo Bay. It is a must-read.
A number of British nationals and residents were held for years even though US authorities knew they were not Taliban or al-Qaida members. One Briton, Jamal al-Harith, was rendered to Guantánamo simply because he had been held in a Taliban prison and was thought to have knowledge of their interrogation techniques. The US military tried to hang on to another Briton, Binyam Mohamed, even after charges had been dropped and evidence emerged he had been tortured.
US authorities relied heavily on information obtained from a small number of detainees under torture. They continued to maintain this testimony was reliable even after admitting that the prisoners who provided it had been mistreated.
The files also show that a large number of the detainees who have left Guantanamo were designated “high risk” by the camp authorities before their release or transfer to other countries.
I hope China is reading this. As a world leader, it has a moral responsibility to take a firm stand on human rights’ abuses in other countries.
And if you’re wondering why some social media chaps have a spring in their step this week, it is because the leaks reveal that U.S. considers I.S.I. a terrorist organization — in its secret cables.
To their (U.S.) credit though, they have disguised their views remarkably well till date.