Thursday, April 28, 2011

So What?

The London Telegraph is crowing about the information that was delivered to them by Wikileaks....

Terrorist secrets revealed ....

Big freekin deal I say. The facts are already established and there is nothing substantively new in this latest Wikileak . The fact that the leaker site sent the selected results to certain papers is also irrelevant because it is nothing but a teaser to drive traffic to their public web site.

And ... certainly these newspaper goofs have nothing to crow about in having a story handed to them on a platter. While the Telegraph writers (four of them) cobbled together a lead piece on the story .... they took an estimated 800 words to pad their opinion and conjecture laden report up to what they seem to think makes it read worthy....

In summary ... the facts:

WikiLeaks website, which contain details of the interrogations of more than 700 Guantanamo detainees.

The files detail the background to the capture of each of the 780 people

about 220 of the people detained are assessed by the Americans to be dangerous international terrorists.

380 people are lower-level foot-soldiers, either members of the Taliban or extremists who travelled to Afghanistan

150 people are innocent Afghans or Pakistanis, including farmers, chefs and drivers who were released

more than 100 Al-Qaeda terrorists, including about 15 kingpins from the most senior echelons of the organisation.

The most senior detainee at the facility is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

There are plots that were uncovered

About 20 juveniles, including a 14-year old boy have been held at Guantanamo

Several pensioners, including an 89

150 people were assessed by the Americans as innocent and released.

200 detainees are classified as genuine international terrorists by the American military, with the remainder being mid or low level foot-soldiers.

599 detainees have already been released

About 180 people are still held at Guantanamo.



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