Fate of Dozens of CIA Detainees Still Unknown

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2009 1:57 PM CDT
Central Intelligence Agency Director nominee Leon Panetta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh/file)
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(Newser) – The Bush-era CIA memos made public last week revealed that an al-Qaeda suspect, Hassan Ghul, had been held in one of the agency’s secret jails. But the inadvertent disclosure of one name merely highlights how much the public still doesn’t know about the network of secret detention facilities, ProPublica reports. One of the new memos says the CIA held at least 94 people in the facilities as of May 2005.

The identities of 14 of the 94 came to light in September 2006 when Bush transferred them to Guantanamo. At the time, he spoke of “many others” who were released to their home countries for criminal action, but he declined to name them, making it impossible to track them or know how many are left. “The Obama administration needs to reveal the fate and whereabouts of every person who was held in CIA custody," said Human Rights Watch rep.