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Detainees' identities emerge from Cuba

The official policy is not to give their names. For almost two years, the US government has refused to release the identities of the approximately 660 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying only that they come from at least 41 countries and that they range in age from 13 to 60. But legal challenges around the world by lawyers working with the detainees’ families have broken the silence on more than 100 detainees. Their presence in the camp has been confirmed by letters to relatives, delivered by the Red Cross, and by foreign embassies and accounts of detainees who have been released. Some are high-profile cases: a former Taliban spokesman, Abdul Salam Zaeef; a Sudanese free-lance cameraman for the Al-Jazeera television network; two teenage children of Ahmed Khadr, an alleged Al Qaeda leader from Canada. But the vast majority are men whose names would never have appeared in public were it not for lawyers who have taken up their cause. Full Story

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