Abu Ghraib Torturerer: 'Rumsfeld Knew'

Lynndie England implicates ex-defense sec in interview
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2008 4:37 AM CDT
Lynndie England arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Hood, Texas, in this July 7, 2005 file photo.    (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
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(Newser) – Lynndie England spent nearly a year and a half in jail for her role in the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. In her first interview since her release, she tells the German news magazine Stern that she was sorry about the pictures of Iraqi detainees but insisted that "what we did happens in war." England also insists that "the media" are to blame for publishing the photos and stoking anti-American sentiment that followed the Abu Ghraib scandal.

England, who is now 25 and unemployed, hits back at Donald Rumsfeld, the then-defense secretary, who called her and her fellow torturers the "rotten apples" of the military. "I really do still think that Rumsfeld knew what was going on," she responds. "I mean he had been there while I was there at that prison." When asked whether she is the offender or victim of Abu Ghraib, she splits the difference: "I feel more like a puppet."