Guantanamo prison population declines with surge of releases amid fiery rhetoric over closure

February 23, 2015 4:15 AM

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Guantanamo prison population declines with surge of releases amid fiery rhetoric over closure

This undated photo taken by the International Red Cross released by attorney David Remes shows Remes' client Abdalmalik Wahab taken as he is held at the detention center on the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A panel made up of representatives of six government agencies, including the Defense Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, determined on Dec. 5 that Abdalmalik was “almost certainly” a member of al-Qaida at one point but it was no longer worth keeping him at the U.S. base in Cuba. T thirty-five-year-old had been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for nearly 14 years without charge. (AP Photo/Courtesy of David Remes) (The Associated Press)

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – Thirty-five-year-old Abdalmalik Wahab had been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for nearly 14 years without charge when he got some good news: The U.S. government was no longer interested in holding him.

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