U.S. Detained Al Jazeera Cameraman For Six Years In Gitmo To Ask About His Employer
The recent WikiLeaks document dump has revealed that Sami al-Hajj, a Sudanese cameraman working for al Jazeera, was held at Gitmo for six years, largely so he could be questioned about the foreign network. Documents show the U.S. believed he was a member of al Qaeda (you can click on the image to enlarge it), but that wasn’t the focus of the investigation, nor was he charged with committing an act of terrorism. (h/t TV Newser)
al-Hajj was released in 2008, having never been tried or convicted of any terrorist ties, and returned to Al Jazeera. On Monday, he appeared on Al Jazeera English to discuss his reaction to the latest revelations about his detention. He said that he had been told he was wrongly detained, but was kept in Guantanamo because of what he had seen while there. Afterwards, he said, his interrogations were almost entirely about Al Jazeera, as interrogators tried to find a connection between the network and Al Qaeda.Click here for reuse options!
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