Former Spy Claims UK Knew of Guantanamo ‘Torture’

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A former senior British intelligence officer wants to give evidence that the country’s security services knew about what he claims was the ‘torture’ of inmates at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, a newspaper reported.

The former officer is seeking permission to present evidence to a forthcoming parliamentary inquiry that British officials saw detainees being ‘tortured’ in December 2002, the Sunday Times said quoting senior security sources.

Similar allegations were disclosed during meetings held at the London headquarters of Britain’s MI5 in 2002 and the evidence is believed to include claims that British officials witnessed inmates being chained, hooded, waterboarded and subjected to mental abuse by CIA officials, the report said.

No one was immediately available to comment at Britain’s interior ministry which handles media queries relating to MI5.

A report by the U.S. Senate published in 2014 said the CIA used sexual threats, waterboarding and other harsh methods to interrogate terrorism suspects in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

A former British inmate at Guantanamo said last month that British security officers witnessed him being tortured by American soldiers in Afghanistan.

Separately, a former British inmate at Guantanamo said in 2014 he underwent psychological torture included execution threats and light deprivation.

The prison in Guantanamo, in Cuba, was opened in 2002 to house foreign terrorism suspects. U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking to close it.

 

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