US Threatens to Limit Intel Sharing With UK

... if British courts release details on Guantanamo abuse
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2009 2:02 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Obama administration says it will cut down on intelligence sharing with the UK if British courts reveal details on the treatment of a former Guantanamo detainee, the Washington Times reports. In a letter to the British Foreign Office, the administration says that releasing a report on the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a recently released detainee who says he was tortured, will result in a “constriction of the US-UK relationship.”

The court reopened Mohamed’s case on the theory that the Obama administration might not object as the Bush administration did. Evidently, it does. If 10 Downing St. “is unable to protect information we provide to it,” the letter reads, “we will necessarily have to review the sensitivity of information we can provide in the future.”