Cable: US ambassador praised ex-Gitmo inmate

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December 1, 2010 01:34

 
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LONDON — The US ambassador to Luxembourg praised a former Guantanamo Bay detainee for lobbying European governments to accept former inmates of the American military prison, according to a leaked diplomatic cable.

One of more than 290 cables posted so far to the Internet by secret-spilling website WikiLeaks quotes Ambassador Cynthia Stroum as saying that former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg was "doing our work for us" by pressing European officials to take in those interned at Guantanamo — a key priority of President Barack Obama's administration, which has struggled to close the controversial prison.

Begg, a Briton who says he was mistreated while at Guantanamo, was in Luxembourg in January to press the case for the resettlement of Guantanamo inmates. The cable describes his interactions with Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, as well as a question-and-answer session in which Begg made the case for accepting Guantanamo detainees.

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