Saturday, May 30, 2009

Taguba Says Telegraph Story on Rape Photos Partly Wrong

Robert Gibbs is pointing to a minor correction of a story by the Daily Telegraph that said the photos that Obama didn't want released were photos that included rape:
A number of you have asked about or reported on a recent article in the Telegraph that inaccurately described photos which are the subject of an ongoing lawsuit. Both the Department of Defense and the White House have said the article was wrong, and now the individual who was purported to be the source of the article has said it’s inaccurate. Given that this false report has been repeated around the world, and given the impact these negative reports have on our troops, I felt it was important for you to see this correction.
Here is the Salon story Gibbs points to:
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba denied reports that he has seen the prisoner-abuse photos that President Obama is fighting to keep secret, in an exclusive interview with Salon Friday night.

On Thursday an article in the Daily Telegraph reported that Taguba, the lead investigator into Abu Ghraib abuse, had seen images Obama wanted suppressed, and supported the president's decision to fight their release. The paper quoted Taguba as saying, "These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency."

But Taguba says he wasn't talking about the 44 photographs that are the subject of an ongoing ACLU lawsuit that Obama is fighting.

"The photographs in that lawsuit, I have not seen," Taguba told Salon Friday night. The actual quote in the Telegraph was accurate, Taguba said -- but he was referring to the hundreds of images he reviewed as an investigator of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq -- not the photos of abuse that Obama is seeking to suppress.
Taguba hasn't seen the photos that Obama doesn't want to release (Gibbs says those photos aren't characterized in the article) but Taguba's seen the other photos and the fact is prisoners were raped at U.S. detention centers, which is sickening. Anyone who defends torture is an arse.  
The Telegraph still has the story up with no corrections.