UK Asks US to Release Gitmo Suspects

Brown wants 5 Britons freed from US custody in change of policy
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 7, 2007 4:14 PM CDT
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown returns to Downing Street, London Saturday Aug. 4, 2007, after curtailing his vacation to attend an emergency meeting. Brown's inquiry into the British detainees...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The United Kingdom wants the US to let go of five British residents detained at the terrorist detention camp at Guantanamo Bay. Green PM Gordon Brown made the official request, hinting that he may be distancing himself from the Bush administration and carving a more independent terror policy than Tony Blair's, Reuters reports.

A State Department spokesman said the US will review the British petition. "We don't want to be the world's jailers," he told reporters. "At the same time, we also don't want to see very dangerous people allowed to walk the streets freely so they can pose a threat to our citizens as well as others."