WikiLeaks and the 22 Children of Guantánamo

By Andy Worthington 

In May 2008, in a submission to the 48th Session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (PDF), the Pentagon claimed that it had only held eight juveniles — those under the age of 18 when their alleged crimes took place — during the life of the Guantánamo Bay prison. This, however, was a lie, as its own documents providing the names and dates of birth of prisoners, released in May 2006 (PDF), showed that the true total was much higher.

In November 2008, the UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas published a report, “Guantánamo’s Children: Military and Diplomatic Testimonies,” presenting evidence that 12 juveniles had been held, and this was then officially acknowledged by the Pentagon.

The next week, however, I produced another report, “The Pentagon Can’t Count: 22 Juveniles Held at Guantánamo,” providing evidence that at least 22 juvenile prisoners had been held, and drawing on the Pentagon’s own documents, or on additional statements made by the Pentagon, to confirm my claims.


Free Bradley Manning

HERO: Bradley Manning

By Debra Sweet

Richie Marini writes about the aftermath of the arrest of 33 protesters at the Quantico, VA protest this past March 20: 
“The Obama administration seems willing to go to extraordinary measures to suppress information about their war crimes.  They have tortured a young army private accused of releasing documents about those crimes.  They are threatening 33 protesters for speaking out against that torture.  They are attempting to extradite a foreign reporter for publishing those crimes yet they have openly and outright refused to prosecute those under the Bush Administration who authorized and committed these crimes.” 

Saturday at Ft. Leavenworth: Military Veterans and Supporters Rally at Fort Leavenworth for Accused WikiLeaks Source:
Approximately 250 supporters of PFC Bradley Manning—including many United States military veterans—converged today (Saturday, June 4, 2011) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to rally for the soldier who stands accused of leaking classified government information to WikiLeaks and ultimately to the public.


Guantánamo's Chlldren: The Wikileaked Testimonies

The UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas released today a study of the Guantanamo files recently made public by Wikileaks. The report can be found here:

Guantánamo's Chlldren: The Wikileaked Testimonies

In a nutshell, the report finds that military documents now in the public domain acknowledge that fifteen children were imprisoned, at some time or another, at Guantánamo. This is three more than the twelve the State Department acknowledged to the public after our earlier report on the subject, and seven more than the eight the State Department reported to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

In short, military documents recently wikileaked indicate that the number of children that have been imprisoned at Guantanamo is one-and-a-quarter times what the State Department has admitted to the public and almost twice as many as it reported to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Bradley Manning Supporters Targeted for Repression

Bradley Manning protest at Quantico

Elaine Brower, Ann Wright, Daniel Ellsberg and others in the streets March 20

By Richie Marini

On Saturday, June 4th 2011, hundreds of people from around the country converged outside the prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, where alleged whistle blower Bradley Manning is being held since his transfer from the Marine base in Quantico, VA - where he has been tortured and held in solitary confinement for almost a year.  This was the second major protest this year in support of the Army private who has been accused of giving files to Wikileaks which document war crimes committed by the United States in Iraq such as the “Collateral Murder” video, which shows an U.S. Apache helicopter opening fire on civilians.

The first major protest was on March 20th, when 350 people gathered outside the Quantico Marine base where the 23 year old was being forced to sleep naked. 


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Ellsberg, Assange, and others attend Bradley Manning press call

From the Bradley Manning Support Network

Noted attorneys, military experts, and transparency advocates who support Private First Class Bradley Manning held a press teleconference this morning (Wed., May 25, 2011, 11:00am ET) to discuss updates in Manning’s situation. PFC Bradley Manning is accused of being the source of revelations leaked to WikiLeaks, including diplomatic cables that many experts believe helped to catalyze democratic revolts across the Middle East. His supporters assert that the information PFC Manning is accused of revealing should have been in the public domain.

The complete audio from the call can be downloaded with the link below:


WikiLeaks: The Unknown Prisoners of Guantánamo (Part One of Five)

By Andy Worthington 

In WikiLeaks’ recent release of classified military documents relating to the majority of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo, one of the great publicity coups was shedding a light on the stories of the first 201 prisoners to be freed from the prison, between May 2002, when a severely schizophrenic Afghan prisoner, Abdul Razak, was returned to his home country, and September 2004, when 35 prisoners were repatriated to Pakistan, and 11 were repatriated to Afghanistan.

A handful of these 46 prisoners were cleared for release as a result of the Combatant Status Review Tribunals, which began on August 13, 2004 and concluded on March 29, 2005. These, as Lt. Col. Stephen Abraham, a veteran of US intelligence who worked on the tribunals has explained, were essentially part of a one-sided process designed to create the illusion that the prisoners’ cases were being objectively examined to determine whether, on capture, they had been correctly designated as “enemy combatants,” who could continue to be held indefinitely.


Grand Jury Investigation Into WikiLeaks Another Government 'Fishing Expedition'

By Kevin Gosztola

A federal grand jury is meeting at 11 am EST in Alexandria, Virginia. The grand jury is being employed to "build" a case against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who just won a gold medal for peace and justice from the Sydney Peace Foundation.

"The WikiLeaks case is part of a much broader campaign by the Obama administration to crack down on leakers," writes Carrie Johnson of NPR. Johnson is one of a few reporters in the US press who has published a report today on this stirring development in the United States. She finds "national security experts" cannot "remember a time when the Justice Department has pursued so many criminal cases based on leaks of government secrets."


Andy Worthington Discusses WikiLeaks’ Guantánamo Revelations on the Michael Slate Show

By Andy Worthington  

Last Friday, while I was returning from a memorial service for my father in Norfolk, I was obliged to conduct a pre-planned interview with Michael Slate on KPFK Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles in the car park of a service station on a mobile phone that was running out of power.

Fortunately, the battery lasted for about 15 minutes of our planned 20-minute interview, and I was then delighted when Michael got in touch to ask if we could finish the interview as planned, so that the full 20 minutes, and all Michael’s planned questions, could be included in a podcast.

That was absolutely fine with me, and so, on Tuesday evening, we recorded the last of the show for the podcast, which is available here as an MP3. The show is also available via the page here.

It’s always a pleasure to speak to Michael, whom I last spoke to in January, during my most recent visit to the US, to publicize the plight of the remaining Guantánamo prisoners on the 9th anniversary of the opening of the prison.


Scaremongers Fail to Undermine WikiLeaks’ Guantánamo Revelations

By Andy Worthington 

For regular readers of this site, the release, by Wikileaks, of classified military documents relating to almost all of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo will not have yielded any great surprises.

Since May 2007, I have been writing articles on a regular basis dealing exclusively with the horrors of Guantánamo and the Bush administration’s torture program, explaining how few of the prisoners held at Guantánamo had any involvement with terrorism, how many innocent men and boys were seized by mistake or sold to US forces for bounty payments by the military’s Afghan and Pakistani allies, and how the “War on Terror” initiated by the Bush administration was an abomination.


Andy Worthington Discusses WikiLeaks’ Guantánamo Files with Kevin Gosztola

By Andy Worthington  

Since last Monday, when WikiLeaks began releasing classified military documents relating to almost all of the 779 prisoners held in Guantánamo, I have undertaken a number of interviews — with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!, with the BBC and Press TV, with Scott Horton of Antiwar Radio, with Alexa O’Brien for WikiLeaks Central, and with Steve Rendall for the weekly CounterSpin show produced by the media watchdog FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting).

If you’ve checked out any of the above, then my 25-minute interview with Kevin Gosztola, an intern for the Nation, available here, may not contain too many surprises, but Kevin asked some great questions, and the rather more expansive format allowed me to cover some of the important themes in more detail than elsewhere — the stories of the juveniles, for example, as I discussed in my article, The Pentagon Can’t Count: 22 Juveniles Held at Guantánamo, in November 2008 — and also to discuss the amnesia of modern life, aided by 24-hour news cycles, which means that much of what has been exposed before regarding the Guantánamo prisoners has apparently been wiped clean from people’s minds.



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