US criticizes leak of Guantanamo prisoner briefs

April 25, 2011 04:56

The US government criticized on Monday the publication of a trove of nearly 700 Guantanamo Prison detainee profiles obtained by international news outlets from the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy organization.

Citing the New York Times specifically, as well as "other news organizations," the US statement said that "These documents contain classified information about current and former Guantanamo detainees, and we strongly condemn the leaking of this sensitive information."

The statement went on to specify that the Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) published by media outlets were recorded between 2002 and 2009, and that a Guantanamo Review Task Force, established early 2009, reviewed each profile and came to a variety of conclusions based on the new considerations of evidence. These DABs, drafted since 2009, were not leaked via WikiLeaks.

The statement also said that the release of these documents "could be damaging" to efforts to provide security to America's citizens.

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