Wednesday, December 1, 2010
WikiLeaks Docs Show Obama Administration Unable to Close Gitmo
By Catherine Herridge published updated, November 30, 2010
FILE: In this Monday, June 1, 2009 photo reviewed by the U.S. military, Chinese Uighur Guantanamo detainees, who at the time were cleared for release but had no country to go to, show a homemade note to visiting members of the media, at Camp Iguana detention facility, at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba.
The cables also show there was a major diplomatic push to find a home for the Uighurs, ethnic Chinese Muslims, who were cleared for release. In June 2009, four of the men transferred to Bermuda told Fox News through an translator that life in China was worse than life in Guantanamo. "Of course it's China," the detainees agreed.
"There is no guarantee for any human lives there." The Bush administration did some horsetrading too. As Fox News was first to report in the fall of 2008, five Uighurs were transferred from Guantanamo to Albania two years earlier -- after the Albanian government was offered incentives, including cash, to take them.
Less than a week after the transfer, then Vice President Dick Cheney, endorsed NATO membership aspirations of three nations, including Albania.