Andy Worthington Discusses WikiLeaks and Guantánamo with Linda Olson-Osterlund on KBOO FM in Portland, Oregon

On Thursday, I was delighted to discuss Guantánamo, President Obama’s failure to close the prison as promised, and my role in helping WikiLeaks release classified military documents relating to the Guantánamo prisoners, with Linda Olson-Osterlund of KBOO FM in Portland, Oregon, on her show, “A Deeper Look.” The 30-minute show is available here.

Linda is a longtime supporter of my work — we first spoke three years ago, and have spoken on several occasions since — and I always appreciate her considered approach, her research, and her evident humanity and revulsion at the actions undertaken by the US government in the last ten years.

After expressing appreciation that I was being acknowledged as an independent expert on Guantánamo, Linda asked me to explain what was particularly significant in the WikiLeaks documents, allowing me to run through the stories of tortured and bribed prisoners — including the “high-value detainee” Abu Zubaydah, for example, and the notoriously unreliable Yemeni informant Yasim Basardah — whose false statements permeate the documents, establishing how unreliable a set of documents are that are based, primarily, on statements made by prisoners held in such distressing conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

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