FORT MEADE, Md. - A US military judge on Monday halted a pre-trial hearing for Guantanamo Bay inmates accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks after one of the accused said his interpreter had worked at a secret CIA prison.
The allegation by Ramzi Binalshibh, a 42-year-old Yemeni, adds to contentions by the defense that the US government is attempting to infiltrate its team.
The Arabic interpreter is part of the defense team for the five detainees charged in the 2001 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in the United States. Binalshibh said he recognized the interpreter, Louay Al-Nazer, from his time in a secret Central Intelligence Agency "black site."
"The problem is I cannot trust him because he was working at the black site with the CIA and we know him from there," Binalshibh said in English.
Army Colonel Judge James Pohl halted the hearing in the slow-moving case to await motions from the attorneys on how to handle the latest infiltration allegations.