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OLC Redaction Fail: Where is Hassan Ghul?

Dafna Linzer at ProPublica has a fantastic find from her close reading of the CIA memos. What appears to be an inadvertent lack of redaction hints that CIA held a detainee called Hassan Ghul in one of its black-site secret prisons. He wasn’t sent to Guantanamo Bay along with the 14 other black-site detainees in 2006.

Since then, he has been considered a missing, or ghost detainee [6]. But in the heavily redacted OLC memo [7] dated May 30, 2005, government censors appeared to have missed a single reference to his name and confinement during a lengthy description of the interrogation techniques used against him. The reference can be found at the bottom of Page 7 in the memo [7], where Ghul’s surname is spelled "Gul." …

So it appears we now have evidence Ghul was in a CIA prison. Where he is today is still a mystery.

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