WikiLeaks Revelation: The U.S. Tortured an Innocent Man and Threatened Germany to Not Prosecute the Torturers

While the U.S. media simultaneously wrings its hands over whether Julian Assange should get life imprisonment or the death penalty and claims WikiLeaks revealed nothing important except about Iran’s WMD ambitions, Scott Horton reports at Harper’s:

Over the Christmas-New Year’s holiday in 2003, Khaled El-Masri traveled by bus to Skopje, Macedonia. There he was apprehended by border guards who noted the similarity of his name to that of Khalid al-Masri, an Al Qaeda agent linked to the Hamburg cell where the 9/11 attacks were plotted. Despite El-Masri’s protests that he was not al-Masri, he was beaten, stripped naked, shot full of drugs, given an enema and a diaper, and flown first to Baghdad and then to the notorious “salt pit,” the CIA’s secret interrogation facility in Afghanistan.

At the salt pit, he was repeatedly beaten, drugged, and subjected to a strange food regime that he supposed was part of an experiment that his captors were performing on him. Throughout this time, El-Masri insisted that he had been falsely imprisoned, and the CIA slowly established that he was who he claimed to be. Over many further weeks of bickering over what to do, a number of CIA figures apparently argued that, though innocent, the best course was to continue to hold him incommunicado because he “knew too much.”

Dana Priest furnished the core of this account in an excellent 2005 Washington Post story. Other aspects have been slowly confirmed by German criminal investigators. By studying El-Masri’s hair and skin samples, for instance, they were able to confirm allegations that he was drugged and subjected to a bizarre starvation regimen. Throughout this process, El-Masri’s account of what transpired, part of which he wrote up as an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, has consistently been vindicated.

Read more here.

, , , , , , , ,

  • myth_slayer

    Thank you good people for your Wikileaking those incriminating documents. They are about REAL MEDIA, something sadly missing in North America and much of Europe.

    Not to sound repetitious (post elsewhere), but….

    Geez, I still don’t see why prosecutor Marianne Ny (email address: marianne.ny@aklagare.se ) didn’t follow any of the standard judicial and prosecutorial procedures; maybe we should ALL contact her to see what’s going on?

    And what’s up with Justice Skarhed? (email: anna.skarhed@justitiekanslern.se ) I mean, wasn’t she investigating why prosecutor Maria Kjellstrand illegally released aspects of the Assange file to the Swedish tabloids?

    Maybe we should ALL contact Justice Skarhed??

    And that Tableaux Software (headquartered in Seattle, along with Amazon, isn’t that were Micro$oft’s located???)?

    If you support Tableaux’s pulling their software license from WikiLeaks, then give them a shoutout for support the Corporate Fascist State:

    (first email is management)

    cstolte@tableausoftware.com

    efink@tableausoftware.com

    jmackinlay@tableausoftware.com

  • Anonymous

    Thank you good people for your Wikileaking those incriminating documents. They are about REAL MEDIA, something sadly missing in North America and much of Europe.

    Not to sound repetitious (post elsewhere), but….

    Geez, I still don’t see why prosecutor Marianne Ny (email address: marianne.ny@aklagare.se ) didn’t follow any of the standard judicial and prosecutorial procedures; maybe we should ALL contact her to see what’s going on?

    And what’s up with Justice Skarhed? (email: anna.skarhed@justitiekanslern.se ) I mean, wasn’t she investigating why prosecutor Maria Kjellstrand illegally released aspects of the Assange file to the Swedish tabloids?

    Maybe we should ALL contact Justice Skarhed??

    And that Tableaux Software (headquartered in Seattle, along with Amazon, isn’t that were Micro$oft’s located???)?

    If you support Tableaux’s pulling their software license from WikiLeaks, then give them a shoutout for support the Corporate Fascist State:

    (first email is management)

    cstolte@tableausoftware.com

    efink@tableausoftware.com

    jmackinlay@tableausoftware.com

  • Hadrian999

    where is caustic linking a soviet torture article?
    it’s sad that the idea of actually standing up for your ethics has been lost to the “were the good guys so whatever we do is ok” argument.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      or the “We aren’t as bad as the guy from the country (insert nation) that questions people using a chainsaw…and if we aren’t as bad as them, therefore, any complaints about the US are hypocritical in nature.”My better half (a rehab nurse) gets an earful of that logic every night from junkies in withdraw. “Hey…my alcohol addiction isn’t as bad as that one guy last year who sucked a row of gangsta dicks to feed his crack binge…so it doesn’t matter if I had blackouts and drove into a busload of nuns.”

  • Hadrian999

    where is caustic linking a soviet torture article?
    it’s sad that the idea of actually standing up for your ethics has been lost to the “were the good guys so whatever we do is ok” argument.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    or the “We aren’t as bad as the guy from the country (insert nation) that questions people using a chainsaw…and we if we aren’t as bad as them, therefore, any complaints about the US are hypocritical in nature.”

    My better half (a rehab nurse) gets an earful of that logic every night from junkies in withdraw. “Hey…my alcohol addiction isn’t as bad as that one guy last year who sucked a row of gangsta dicks to feed his crack binge…so it doesn’t matter if I had blackouts and drove into a busload of nuns.”

  • Anonymous

    My opinion: Wikileaks is limited hangout bullshit.

    The only substantial things that will be revealed are those that pander to the military industrial complex.

    Assange was brought up in a bizarre sex-cult and strikes me as a trauma-induced dissociative identity disorder Manchurian candidate type.

  • FergalR

    My opinion: Wikileaks is limited hangout bullshit.

    The only substantial things that will be revealed are those that pander to the military industrial complex.

    Assange was brought up in a bizarre sex-cult and strikes me as a trauma-induced dissociative identity disorder Manchurian candidate type.

    • Andrew

      How do this and the Spanish obstruction of justice story pander to the military industrial complex?

      • FergalR

        Jesus, hold the ‘phone.

        Torture and obstructing justice outside the US.

        These are dynamite and totally unexpected things that noone would have expected.

        Grow up Andrew.

        I want to see details of the heroin being transported from Afghanistan via Turkey and who was paid off on the way.

        • Andrew

          I guess I should’ve expected hostility rather than answers from you.

          • Tuna Ghost

            It’s hard to be too upset by him. He’s just a kid, and most of us were annoying little bastards when we were fifteen too.

      • FergalR

        Also, the UK government prevent publication and broadcast of stories every day of the week under ‘D’ notices.

        Not this time!

        Amazingly.

        If Assange was a threat to the powers that be then you’d never have heard of him.

        He’s a dab hand at moving between countries while there’s an international arrest warrant against him.

        If they don’t arrest him by tomorrow night I’ll start calling him “the oily ninja” or “the slippery albino racing snake”.

        Or I’ll make some fantastical title up in Tolkien Elven language because it’s unbelievable bullshit that he’s not in jail when there’s an international arrest warrant out on him.

        • neurolux

          You overestimate the competence of the powers that be.

        • Lynnertic

          @FergalR How do this and the Spanish obstruction of justice story pander to the military industrial complex?

          I wonder if you’ll answer the question or continue your Trolling.

    • 11Nov2011

      The truth hurts, don’t it. Your tax dollars are fuelling child rape and other notorious crimes. Do you have a child or plan to have one. They will be eyeing yours too. you have 2 choices, stand up and be courageous or keep quiet and take your medication.

  • Andrew

    How do this and the Spanish obstruction of justice story pander to the military industrial complex?

  • Anonymous

    Jesus, hold the ‘phone.

    Torture and obstructing justice outside the US.

    These are dynamite and totally unexpected things that noone would have expected.

    Grow up Andrew.

    I want to see details of the heroin being transported from Afghanistan via Turkey and who was paid off on the way.

  • Anonymous

    Also, the UK government prevent publication and broadcast of stories every day of the week under ‘D’ notices.

    Not this time!

    Amazingly.

    If Assange was a threat to the powers that be then you’d never have heard of him.

    He’s a dab hand at moving between countries while there’s an international arrest warrant against him.

    If they don’t arrest him by tomorrow night I’ll start calling him “the oily ninja” or “the slippery albino racing snake”.

    Or I’ll make some fantastical title up in Tolkien Elven language because it’s unbelievable bullshit that he’s not in jail when there’s an international arrest warrant out on him.

  • Andrew

    I guess I should’ve expected hostility rather than answers from you.

  • Haystack

    I bet when Obama decided to “let the country move forward” he didn’t expect that two years into his presidency we’d still be hearing about the Bush-era human rights abuses that nobody is being held accountable for.

  • Haystack

    I bet when Obama decided to “let the country move forward” he didn’t expect that two years into his presidency we’d still be hearing about the Bush-era human rights abuses that nobody is being held accountable for.

    • 5by5

      Of course we’re still hearing about it, because he made the same mistake that Democrats made following the Iran-Contra Scandal — they didn’t lock up the people who committed the crimes.

      Which is how we ended up with the absurdity of former Iran-Contra plotter John Poindexter as DNI, supervising all 16 intelligence agencies, and coming out with his fascist ideas like the “Total Information Awareness” program or the stazi-esque TIPS program, when the little shit should have been sitting in Leavenworth for the past 20 years.

  • Tuna Ghost

    It’s hard to be too upset by him. He’s just a kid, and most of us were annoying little bastards when we were fifteen too.

  • Shenonymous

    Over 250,000 documents! Yeowie Kazowie! Seems like some Faustian bargain here. Why would the general public even care what communications are going on in government? Things are never what they seem and taken out of context, communications of this type do not really have much credence, but there is something sinister in the action of “leaking” what is unclassified anyway since it gives the appearance that there is something sinister going on. If every leaked document was false then much damage has been done, if every leaked document was true, then more information about each one is required, but truth does not seems to be a priority in the so-called leaking. Bladders leak too. And this all seems like an ocean of piss by the original leaker and the Wikileaks publisher. It is a way to gain notoriety if that is how one bargains with Faust’s devil to get a name in political history books, which in a hundred years won’t amount to a thing all things considered.

  • Shenonymous

    Over 250,000 documents! Yeowie Kazowie! Seems like some Faustian bargain here. Why would the general public even care what communications are going on in government? Things are never what they seem and taken out of context, communications of this type do not really have much credence, but there is something sinister in the action of “leaking” what is unclassified anyway since it gives the appearance that there is something sinister going on. If every leaked document was false then much damage has been done, if every leaked document was true, then more information about each one is required, but truth does not seems to be a priority in the so-called leaking. Bladders leak too. And this all seems like an ocean of piss by the original leaker and the Wikileaks publisher. It is a way to gain notoriety if that is how one bargains with Faust’s devil to get a name in political history books, which in a hundred years won’t amount to a thing all things considered.

    • Hadrian999

      why should the public care whats going on in government…..that attitude sums up whats wrong with the world

      • 5by5

        Because in a democracy, YOU ARE THE GOVERNMENT. You are directly responsible if you simply hand over power to someone, and they do horrible things in your name, and you then neither pay attention, or do anything to stop it.

        America is advanced citizenship. If you’re not up to the task, don’t be an American.

        • Andrew

          That’s true of democracies but what does it have to do with the United States?

    • Tuna Ghost

      “Why would the general public even care what communications are going on in government?”

      That questionis a pretty dangerous combination of apathy and deliberate ignorance. We should care because things are being done in our name, and we will reap the “benefits”.

      “Things are never what they seem and taken out of context, communications of this type do not really have much credence, but there is something sinister in the action of “leaking” what is unclassified anyway since it gives the appearance that there is something sinister going on.”

      Tell me, what is the proper context of the US abducting an innocent man and detaining him in a off-the-maps prison for months, torturing him for information, and not releasing him even after discovering he was innocent just to cover their own asses? I can’t imagine a context in which that isn’t sinister.

      “…if every leaked document was true, then more information about each one is required, but truth does not seems to be a priority in the so-called leaking.”

      Strange you should say that, since no one has denied the veracity of the documents leaked, least of all the government. No one would give two tin shits if the documents were forgeries or illegitimate.

    • suspicious

      file under government damage limitation excercise

    • Toggle

      Your words, although well formulated, are an attempt to trivialize the information that is being uncovered. One can assume that you are either a trouble making teenager starved for attention or that you are in the service of the agents of disinformation whose job it is to obfuscate the facts of the matter until the average reader is no longer sure of what those facts are. You people just cannot handle anything being true; can you?

    • 11Nov2011

      The general public does care about government activities because it is they that the public elected to office. The government is represantive of the people and are responsible to the people for their actions. Government servants are paid for by the tax payers money. I think you got your wires crossed somewhere. Its time to get back to your BASICS.

  • neurolux

    You overestimate the competence of the powers that be.

  • Peter James
  • Peter James
  • Hadrian999

    why should the public care whats going on in government…..that attitude sums up whats wrong with the world

  • Tuna Ghost

    “Why would the general public even care what communications are going on in government?”

    That questionis a pretty dangerous combination of apathy and deliberate ignorance. We should care because things are being done in our name, and we will reap the “benefits”.

    “Things are never what they seem and taken out of context, communications of this type do not really have much credence, but there is something sinister in the action of “leaking” what is unclassified anyway since it gives the appearance that there is something sinister going on.”

    Tell me, what is the proper context of the US abducting an innocent man and detaining him in a off-the-maps prison for months, torturing him for information, and not releasing him even after discovering he was innocent just to cover their own asses? I can’t imagine a context in which that isn’t sinister.

    “…if every leaked document was true, then more information about each one is required, but truth does not seems to be a priority in the so-called leaking.”

    Strange you should say that, since no one has denied the veracity of the documents leaked, least of all the government. No one would give two tin shits if the documents were forgeries or illegitimate.

  • Tuna Ghost

    “Why would the general public even care what communications are going on in government?”

    That questionis a pretty dangerous combination of apathy and deliberate ignorance. We should care because things are being done in our name, and we will reap the “benefits”.

    “Things are never what they seem and taken out of context, communications of this type do not really have much credence, but there is something sinister in the action of “leaking” what is unclassified anyway since it gives the appearance that there is something sinister going on.”

    Tell me, what is the proper context of the US abducting an innocent man and detaining him in a off-the-maps prison for months, torturing him for information, and not releasing him even after discovering he was innocent just to cover their own asses? I can’t imagine a context in which that isn’t sinister.

    “…if every leaked document was true, then more information about each one is required, but truth does not seems to be a priority in the so-called leaking.”

    Strange you should say that, since no one has denied the veracity of the documents leaked, least of all the government. No one would give two tin shits if the documents were forgeries or illegitimate.

  • suspicious

    file under government damage limitation excercise

  • 5by5

    Of course we’re still hearing about it, because he made the same mistake that Democrats made following the Iran-Contra Scandal — they didn’t lock up the people who committed the crimes.

    Which is how we ended up with the absurdity of former Iran-Contra plotter John Poindexter as DNI, supervising all 16 intelligence agencies, and coming out with his fascist ideas like the “Total Information Awareness” program or the stazi-esque TIPS program, when the little shit should have been sitting in Leavenworth for the past 20 years.

  • 5by5

    Because in a democracy, YOU ARE THE GOVERNMENT. You are directly responsible if you simply hand over power to someone, and they do horrible things in your name, and you then neither pay attention, or do anything to stop it.

    America is advanced citizenship. If you’re not up to the task, don’t be an American.

  • Toggle

    Your words, although well formulated, are an attempt to trivialize the information that is being uncovered. One can assume that you are either a trouble making teenager starved for attention or that you are in the service of the agents of disinformation whose job it is to obfuscate the facts of the matter until the average reader is no longer sure of what those facts are. You people just cannot handle anything being true; can you?

  • Andrew

    That’s true of democracies but what does it have to do with the United States?

  • Lynnertic

    @FergalR How do this and the Spanish obstruction of justice story pander to the military industrial complex?

    I wonder if you’ll answer the question or continue your Trolling.

  • Anonymous

    The truth hurts, don’t it. Your tax dollars are fuelling child rape and other notorious crimes. Do you have a child or plan to have one. They will be eyeing yours too. you have 2 choices, stand up and be courageous or keep quiet and take your medication.

  • Anonymous

    The general public does care about government activities because it is they that the public elected to office. The government is represantive of the people and are responsible to the people for their actions. Government servants are paid for by the tax payers money. I think you got your wires crossed somewhere. Its time to get back to your BASICS.

21
More in CIA, Crime & Punishment, Freedom of Information, Germany, Human Rights, Internet, Torture, War On Terror
Peace Through Truth: 9/11 and State Crimes Against Democracy (Podcast)

Interchange — The Truth About 9/11: Graeme MacQueen and Laurie Manwell Direct Download • RSS • Website Graeme MacQueen and Laurie Manwell are prominent researchers in the national 9/11 Truth...

Close