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US prison general contradicts Abu Ghraib testimony

[JURIST] US Army Gen. Geoffrey Miller [Wikipedia profile] has made contradictory statements regarding his interactions with high-level Pentagon officials on the Abu Ghraib scandal, according to Friday's Chicago Tribune. In May 2004 Miller, a former Guantamao commander later transferred to Abu Ghraib, told the US Senate Committee on Armed Services [official website] that he had simply filed a report on a recent visit to the Abu Ghraib facility, and had not spoken to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [White House profile] or his top advisors about the investigatory trip. Three months later, in a recorded statement to attorneys, Miller said he briefed then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz [Wikipedia profile] and Undersecretary for Intelligence Steve Cambone about his trip and offered recommendations. If the briefing did occur it suggests that top US officials may have been more involved in overseeing prison operations and more aware of problems than previously thought. Miller, Cambone and Wolfowitz, who have all denied knowledge of detainee abuse, declined to respond to questions about the statements. The Chicago Tribune has more.

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