Gen. Disputes Story, Says He Hasn't Seen Photos

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2009 1:33 PM CDT
A detainee is terrorized at Abu Ghraib.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Retired Army Gen. Antonio Taguba has seen photos of rape at Abu Ghraib, but they aren’t the ones the Obama administration is trying to keep from the public. “The photographs in that lawsuit, I have not seen,” he told Salon. The general says he was not misquoted in the Telegraph, but that when he described “torture, abuse, rape, and every indecency,” he was referring to other photos he saw during his investigation of the Iraqi prison.

Taguba also reiterated his opinion that the photos sought by an ACLU lawsuit should not see the light of day. “No other photographs should be released,” he said. Any release would further inflame anti-American sentiment in Iraq, he said, which is why he supports the Obama administration’s response to the lawsuit.