The Agence France Presse issues forth this story today:
GENEVA (AFP) – Washington has for the first time acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centres in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said.The entire story rests upon a single anonymous source, one of these ten committee members. Is there any doubt that the document in question merely rehashes the same stories of detainee abuse we’ve already heard so much about? Yet this report does not explain the nature of the incidents in question or whether they are already known to the public. The reporter merely serves as a flack for the U.N. But that’s nothing new.
The acknowledgement was made in a report submitted to the UN Committee against Torture, said a member of the ten-person panel, speaking on on condition of anonymity.
“They are no longer trying to duck this, and have respected their obligation to inform the UN,” the Committee member told AFP.
“They they will have to explain themselves (to the Committee). Nothing should be kept in the dark.”
UPDATE: Patrick at Conspiracy Squirrels took a glance at the committee membership:
I just noticed the following name on the list of Committee Members:
Mr. Alexander M. YAKOVLEV – Russian Federation
Is that the same fellow that was just ’outed’ in the Oil for Food Scandal, and had to resign? If so, then I think I know where the leak came from!