Posted on October 25, 2012
Published: 25 October, 2012, 13:30
A “non-compliant” detainee is escorted by guards after showering inside the US military prison for “enemy combatants” in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (AFP Photo / John Moore)
Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks is releasing over 100 classified documents detailing US Department of Defense procedures for running Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Camp Bucca and other infamous prisons where terror suspects are detained.
The directives and manuals, which for more than a decade directed the US military’s policy for treatment of its detainees, will be released chronologically over the next month, WikiLeaks said in a statement.
The first batch of the documents released is the 2002 Camp Delta – Guantanamo Bay prison – Standing Operating Procedure manuals.
“This document is of significant historical importance. Guantanamo Bay has become the symbol for systematized human rights abuse in the West with good reason,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said.
Several of the documents slated for publishing “can only be described as ’policies of unaccountability,’” WikiLeaks said its press release. That allegedly includes a 2005 guide on prisoner paperwork that make detainees effectively disappear from the official US record, and a 2008 manual that minimizes recordkeeping on prisoner interrogations.
WikiLeaks called on NGOs, activists and the general public to thoroughly read the documents to gain a better understanding of the evolution of the Pentagon’s post-9/11 attitude towards prisoners.