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Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times today reported its own unsubstantiated version of the Newsweek story. Here’s the relevant excerpt:


“A lawyer who helps represent a dozen detainees at Guantanamo Bay said Monday that on two separate occasions two prisoners told her that guards and interrogators desecrated the Koran. She spoke on condition of anonymity because high-level talks were underway with the State Department to win the release of her clients.

“The lawyer acknowledged that she did not see damaged copies of the Islamic holy book. But she said she did not believe the prisoners could have collaborated on the story, because they told her the stories in separate interviews and they were not housed together.

“There was no way to independently verify the lawyer’s statements.

“Although the military has found “no credible allegations of willful Koran desecration,” said Whitman, the Pentagon spokesman, it continues to investigate conditions at the prison that holds 520 detainees.”




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