Probe clears US officers of Iraq prison abuse
WASHIGNTON: A report into the prisoner abuse scandal at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison clears US military officers from any wrongdoing but faults them for creating conditions that allowed the mistreatment to go on, The New York Times and USA Today dailies said on Thursday.
But the report by Major General George Fay is expected to blame at least two dozen military intelligence personnel, civilian contractors and Central Intelligence Agency officers for wrongdoing, unnamed Pentagon and military officials told the newspapers.
The document, which is still under revision, is expected to be presented to the US Congress early next week, said the Times. It could be made public as early as Friday, said USA Today.
Seven rank-and-file members of the Army Reserve military police have been charged in the prisoner abuse scandal at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib jail, which broke in January after a military policeman turned over photographs and videos of the mistreatment to investigators. afp