WikiLeaks began publishing this Thursday more than 100 secret documents about the Guantanamo detention rules following September 11 attacks.
Earlier today, WikiLeaks began publishing the first batch of a collection of U.S. secret military guidelines on prisoner policies that were applied from Guantanamo to Iraq since 2002. WikiLeaks plans to release the secret files chronologically and the first batch of hacked documents includes the 2002 Guantanamo Camp Delta standard operating procedure manual.
“This document is of significant historical importance. Guantanamo Bay has become the symbol for systematized human rights abuse in the West with good reason” Julian Assange said of the Guantanamo Bay prison – Standing Operating Procedure manuals.
“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 tract at the convenience of the U.S. Department of Defense” reads WikiLeaks’ statement about its newest addition to the website.
The website adds that the detainee policies U.S. military used since 2001 show “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”.
“We call upon lawyers, NGOs, human rights activists and the public to mine the ‘Detainee Policies’ and investigate important issues…to help us better understand the evolution in these policies and why they have occurred” Julian Assange added in a statement to the press.
One of the military documents that weren’t published yet is also one of the most controversial in the collection. The “Policy on Assigning Detainee Internment Serial Numbers” is according to WikiLeaks a 2005 manual that made detainees disappear.
“This document is concerned with discreetly ‘disappearing’ detainees into the custody of other U.S. government agencies while keeping their names out of U.S. military central records – by systematically holding off from assigning a prisoner record number” explained WikiLeaks on its website.
Other documents that WikiLeaks plans to publish are said to detail torture methods that detainees were subjected to in prisons from Guantanamo to Iraq and “black sites” in friendly Europe countries.