WikiLeaks says releases hacked U.S. detainee rules

LONDON Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:57am EDT

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west London August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuador embassy in west London August 19, 2012.

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LONDON (Reuters) - The WikiLeaks website began publishing on Thursday what it said were more than 100 U.S. Defense Department files detailing military detention policies in camps in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay in the years after the September 11 attacks on U.S. targets.

In a statement, WikiLeaks criticized regulations it said had led to abuse and impunity and urged human rights activists to use the documents, to be released over the next month, to research what it called "policies of unaccountability".

The statement quoted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as saying: "The 'Detainee Policies' show the anatomy of the beast that is post-9/11 detention, the carving out of a dark space where law and rights do not apply, where persons can be detained without a trace at the convenience of the U.S. Department of Defense."

"It shows the excesses of the early days of war against an unknown 'enemy' and how these policies matured and evolved," it said, and led to "the permanent state of exception that the United States now finds itself in, a decade later."

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in London said it had no immediate comment.

In January, U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said the United States was still flouting international law at Guantanamo Bay by arbitrarily and indefinitely detaining individuals.

Almost 3,000 people were killed in 2001 when militants from Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda flew hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center towers in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

Then President George W. Bush set up a detention camp at a U.S. naval base at Guantanamo in Cuba after U.S.-led forces invaded Afghanistan to expel al Qaeda following the September 11 raids. Of the 779 men held there, 167 remained as of mid-September 2012.

INTERROGATION

WikiLeaks said a number of documents it was releasing related to interrogation of detainees, and these showed direct physical violence was prohibited.

But it added the documents showed "a formal policy of terrorizing detainees during interrogations, combined with a policy of destroying interrogation recordings, has led to abuse and impunity".

A number of what can only be described as "policies of unaccountability" would also be released, it said.

One such document was a 2005 document "Policy on Assigning Detainee Internment Serial Numbers", it said.

"This document is concerned with discreetly 'disappearing' detainees into the custody of other U.S. government agencies while keeping their names out of U.S. military central records - by systematically holding off from assigning a prisoner record number," the WikiLeaks statement said.

WikiLeaks did not elaborate. But human rights activists say that after the September 11 attacks, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used "black sites" in friendly countries to interrogate and sometimes torture suspected militants beyond the reach of normal legal protections.

"LOVE" AND "FEAR"

While Bush acknowledged the existence of a CIA program for detaining and questioning militants outside of the United States in speech in September 2006, the government has never publicly confirmed the location of the sites.

Some of the policies applied to other countries' personnel, Wikileaks said, citing what it said was a 13-page interrogation policy document from 2005 for U.S.-led multinational forces in Iraq.

It said the document detailed techniques such as the "Emotional Love Approach: Playing on the love a detained person has for family, homeland or comrades". In contrast, in the "Fear Up (Harsh)" approach, it said "the interrogator behaves in an overpowering manner with a loud and threatening voice in order to convince the source he does indeed have something to fear; that he has no option but to co-operate".

The documents released on Thursday date from 2001 to 2004.

Assange, whose website previously angered the United States by releasing thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables, has been holed up inside Ecuador's embassy in central London since June to avoid extradition to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations. He denies wrongdoing.

(Reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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Comments (7)
Overcast451 wrote:
We know Bush was a bought and paid for scumbag, but when’s Obama shutting it down again….?

Oct 25, 2012 8:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Adam_Smith wrote:
The Obama Administration should have been the one to be releasing this information but it did not because it wanted to go right on doing most of what the Bush-Cheney regime had been doing. Don’t be fooled by the much touted suspension, (not true repudiation), of detainee torture.

Oct 25, 2012 8:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:
Heres some food for thought
out of the 167 people left at Gatunimo bay, Do you really think there all a bunch of innocent people that where detained without a trace? Or are they Terroist scum that were detained, some-most having their right voilated?

Sometimes this is nessassary to catch the bad guy. My family has lost a lot of money from theives whom use law loopholes to evade police pursuit. This terrorist do the same thing, and thats why certain peoples rights are violated. Look at Assage, he’s been using law loopholes for a year, and this is someone with good intentions!

Assage can go off on how the US is mistreating Prisoners at GB, but these are people that would kill hundreds if they had the power.

Oct 25, 2012 12:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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