Wikileaks Releasing 779 Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Dossiers
Guantanamo Files: Wikileaks Releases Guantanamo Bay Documents
Wikileaks is releasing 779 documents pertaining to prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility over the course of the coming month. Some were sent to The Guardian, NPR and the New York Times, and you can read the Guantanamo Files on Wikileaks itself as they are made public.
- Wikileaks: The Guantanamo Files
- New York Times: The Guantanamo Files
- Gitmo Files on NPR
- The Guardian: New Wikileaks Tranche
The Gitmo Files are the reports on all 779 prisoners to have passed through Guantanamo Bay, including the 172 who are still there. The elements of greatest public interest will be the reasons for detention, and how prisoners are treated once they are brought to Guantanamo Bay.
For example, The US Government was well aware that it had arrested several innocent men, spiriting them away to the tip of Cuba and then dragging its feet on releasing them. Also, the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are tortured: this was already common knowledge, but it's bracing to see it written down on internal documents. This casts doubt upon testimony of one prisoner against another: one would say pretty much anything to avoid further torture, or to be repatriated.
We also learn that, if you want to to be released from Gitmo, it helps to be European or Saudi.
Several prisoners really were al Qaeda operatives, and the Wikileaks documents shed light on the terrorist group's recruitment and training process. The Guantanamo Files comprise the last batch of documents allegedly leaked by Pfc. Bradley Manning, currently incarcerated at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Kansas.