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WikiLeaks releases more secret documents

2012-10-25 18:44

London - Julian Assange's WikiLeaks website on Thursday started publishing more than 100 US department of defence documents including the first prisoner treatment manual for Guantanamo Bay.

The latest release by the anti-secrecy site comes as Assange, who faces charges of rape and sexual assault in Sweden, remains holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London with what Quito says are health problems.

Assange said in a statement that the newly released documents exposed military detention policies at camps in Iraq and at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba following the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

Among the documents is the 2002 manual for staff at Camp Delta at Guantanamo, shortly after it was set up by US President George W Bush to house alleged al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees from the "war on terror".

'Historical importance'

"This document is of significant historical importance. Guantanamo Bay has become the symbol for systematised human rights abuse in the West with good reason," said Assange, the founder of the website.

He added: "'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 US Department of Defence.

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

US President Barack Obama vowed within hours of taking office in January 2009 that he would close Guantanamo Bay, saying it was acting as a recruiting tool for Islamist extremists.

But Obama has so far failed to do so in the face of deep opposition in Congress to moving inmates to the US mainland, and several people accused of involvement in the 9/11 plots are on trial at the camp.

Angering authorities

WikiLeaks first enraged Washington in 2010 by publishing a flood of secret military files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a huge cache of diplomatic cables from US embassies across the world.

Assange, 41, walked into the Ecuadoran embassy in London on 19 June seeking asylum in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning over alleged rape and sexual assault.

He was granted asylum on 16 August but Britain has refused to grant him safe passage out of the country, and he remains in the embassy.

Ecuador said on Wednesday it has requested a meeting with Britain to discuss the health of Assange, who it says is losing weight and suffering vision problems.

Comments
  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-25 19:29

    The US has no moral authority to lecture anyone about so called human rights and their fake idealism. Rogues and criminals indeed. We are living in an upside down world. A warmonger gets the Nobel prize. Someone who exposes the truth behind the war, behind the media curtain is prosecuted/persecuted.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-26 08:33

      YOU are living in an upside-down world, obviously, and because YOU have zero idealism doesn't mean the rest of world doesn't too. Thankfully it does.

      rodal262 - 2012-11-29 11:11

      Mgoqi only one word you. Shame. Really sad about your brain cell dying.

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-10-25 23:37

    There is not a single country out there that doesn't have disgusting secrets of inhumane treatment of

  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-26 08:22

    Ask yourself why they don't release the Russia files? What about the secret prisons that torture and murder students in Iran? Is it because they actually hunt you down and kill you (Litvinenko)? Do you think he knows what he is doing? Do you think he knows the implications of what he releases? Do you not think that the frank discussions upon which much diplomatic relations rely are being considered ? No, he releases some Gitmo stuff which is no secret because he is out of the media again. So more minions protect him from the serious allegations he faces in Sweden , from the fact he has skipped bail , that he exhausted all his legal options at the highest courts in Britian and Europe.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-26 08:43

      Iran and Russia do not claim the moral high ground, aren't bombing other countries to spread human rights and their bogus ideals, that is why! If Russia and Iran were spreading terror across the world, killing and displacing millions, I am sure the attention would have been on those countries as well. US right wingers claim the exceptionalism of that country, and they are the only remaining superpower, so it follows that its excesses would be scrutinised and exposed. It claims to be the defender of all that is good in this world, so let's put those assertions to the test?

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-26 08:45

      I agree, Julian is a attention seeking idiot. But really ninja's. You think too highly of your US friends. Its like you almost idolize everything they do. Think critically for a change, no state is perfect, especially not the corruption ridden US.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-26 09:02

      Fidel, how long are you going to hold onto your delusions? Such as the belief that Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Everyone knows the neo-Soviet Russian regime under the election-slanting, opposition-imprisoning, ex-KGB officer Putin is arming the unelected dictator Bashar Assad and his brother, who are literally butchering Syrians and their families in their homes. Putin himself has said so, as has Lavrov. You have too, in fact. Everyone also knows the election-rigging Iranian regime is the biggest funder and supporter of terrorism in the world. In addition to actively supporting the unelected dictator of Syria and his brother, it funds Jihadists who blow themselves up in public, killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and Hizbollah. It terrorizes its own people, especially women. Iran is one of the most corrupt countries on Earth. Given your totally abysmal track record of being upside-down on virtually everything, it's no surprise that you continue to support such open abuses of power and sheer oppression. Your defunct 1950's neo-Colonial ideology led to great leaders such as Idi Amin Dada and the like. You haven't changed. You're stuck.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-26 09:14

      Tom , that is what i'm doing , thinking critically not rolling with the village people pitch fork in hand. I will be suspect of someone who has usurped your and everyones right to know what they know , if you except that some info should not be known in th public sphere ie: that states require police and military then it does present perticular sets of problems when someone exposes those and places diplomatic and national security in jeopardy and i'am suspicious of the targeted releases , the playing off of the media against each other , the drip drip of the releases and not offering access to the archives to everyone if he is all about absolute freedom of information. I'am suspicious of Assanges motives , his dubious character , history and how his rather secretive organisation is funded , who works for them , where their head-quarters are and the incredibly reckless way they release information. Releasing diplomatic cables of frank discussions is going to dibilitate those relations very seriously which in turn affects policy decisions of many govts and raises tensions . It does trouble me that people are so quick to give Assange this power of right to know and not their elected govts, it troubles me that people forget this infomation was illegally obtained ,dispite the fact that i do think some of the info should be released as things do need to be made public. I really do think everyone else should too.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-26 09:20

      Fidel- Russia and Iran both bomb and intimidate other countries, have horrendous human rights records and they do claim moral high ground.

      magnus.j.vanvuuren - 2012-10-26 09:39

      If Russia and Iran were spreading terror across the world, killing and displacing millions, I am sure the attention would have been on those countries as well. President Vladimir Putin last week defended Russia's right to trade weapons with whoever it wanted, so long as sales did not break any sanctions from the UN Security Council where Moscow has a permanent, veto-wielding seat. so indirectly russia is killing and displacing Syrian people

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-26 09:55

      Russia is not spreading communism around the world or proselytising any form of governance or values, using bombs. Who has Iran bombed? They might claim the moral high ground as well, but haven't acted upon this by trying to force their systems on other countries by bombing those countries. Ninja, must try much harder! @Vanvuuren You are way off based and I expect a moment of reflective silence on your part to think things through!

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-26 11:58

      Iran : India - attack on 13 February 2012 Kenya - June 2012 Argentina - 1994 - in Buenos Aires Germany - Berlin- Mykonos assasinations Hezbollah - their proxy terror organisation ? We can run through their activities. So the values to which the UN and member states are signatories too are bad? Democracy , freedoms , liberty , human rights are not worthy or is this cultural relavitism gone mad.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-26 12:28

      You are truly clutching at straws as none of those attacks have ever been confirmed to have been perpetrated by Iran, let alone resistance movements linked to Iran, but this narrative suits you as it does that nutter Netayahoo. Does you think that Israel wouldn't have retaliated if it knew that Iran were responsible for these attacks? Hezbollah a proxy? Puppets and proxies don't resist, they submit, and they fight who and when they are told to. And the sad automatons who love the taste of their masters' shoe leather applaud them for it. "So the values to which the UN and member states are signatories too are bad?" I said no such things, but it is not up to you (US) to decide how other countries organise their societies, and that is true freedom, the freedom for countries to decide what kind of societies they aspire to, and not have one imposed on them from abroad using bombs.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-26 14:50

      lol.... imposed freedom? the only things you can impose are resrtictions,conditions or burden . Democracy ,freedoms, liberties, human rights and equality are not impositions ,its the removal of impositions ,its the frame-work for organising your society in which the people have a say. Neither do i think that standing up for these values , is in any way something to apologise or feel bad about especially when in conflict with oppression and dicatorship . Dicatorships by definition is not a society that determines its organisation but an imposition on soceity of its make-up.'Real freedom' is not the freedom of dictators to operate unopposed. Do you think the Taliban should continue to rule Afgan or Hussein continue to rule Iraq, if so why ? Or should the international community try the Kofi Annan style of diplomacy we saw in Rwanda ? Interventionism is a related debate (the who , how ,where and when ie: right to protect ect)where lines are drawn in the sand but if you don't recognise that military action including the use of bombs is going to happen in this regard, then its a pointless dicussion. Bombing people to bring your values is a juvenile reduction and its not done lightly ,or on a whim or organised by secret cabals. I can't make it out, is freedom good for some but not for others ? Or is that your core value do you ground your opinion on or is it simply absolute US/Western oppositionism?

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