Gitmo detainees: US didn’t show us WikiLeaks report – Hanna Tetteh
Hanna Tetteh – Foreign Affairs minister
The Ghanaian government is seeking further clarification from the United States following revelations in a WikiLeaks report that the two ex-Guantanamo bay inmates in Ghana are of a “high security risk” contrary to information provided by the US government.
A report on the two – Mahmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef,36, and Khalid Shayk Mohammed, 34 – compiled by the US whistle blower WikiLeaks suggests that the former inmates took active part in the operations of the terror group AI Qaeda.
The revelation is in contrast with claims by the Ghanaian government that they pose no threat to the security of Ghana.
President John Mahama in reaction to questions from the media on the issue said the two are of “low level risk” with no potential danger to Ghana.
Speaking to Nii Arday Clegg on the Morning Starr Friday, Foreign Affairs minister Hanna Tetteh said the WikiLeaks risk assessment report on the two individuals were not made available to the Ghanaian government in the year long discussions with the US over the freed inmates.
“…The information in the public domain is one that I respect hence my decision to seek clarification. I am waiting for a response… When it comes, I will make it available to the Ghanaian people. I have asked the US Embassy for clarification. The document that was made available to us was the assessment of the two detainees… the information from WikiLeaks were not part of documents available to us,” she said.