US military says leaked Guantanamo operations manual out-of-date

[JURIST] A US military spokesperson on Wednesday acknowledged that a 238-page operating manual for the US facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] was leaked on the Internet, but said the document is out-of-date and does not reflect current procedures. The manual, titled Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) [PDF text], is dated March 28, 2003, and is labeled "Unclassified/for official use only."

According to a report [text] in WIRED.com, the manual was leaked on wikileaks.org, a site established in January 2007 to encourage government whistleblowers to release and verify documents. ACLU lawyer Jamil Dakwar said two passages in the manual were of particular concern from a human rights standpoint: one section concerning the use of dogs to "enhance physical security and as a psychological deterrent," and another section regulating the amount of contact different prisoners are permitted to have with representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross. The US military spokesperson said dogs are no longer used at Guantanamo, and that many other procedures have changed since 2003. AP has more.



 

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