Cuba on Wednesday accused the United States of lying to the world about its treatment of prisoners at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, saying torture and cruelty are a daily occurrence at the prison camp for terror suspects.
The Cuban Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday that it sent a letter to the U.S. government urging authorities to immediately stop the alleged abuse at the camp, which sits on Cuba’s easternmost tip.
U.S. officials say they run a humane operation at Guantanamo and allegations of prisoner abuse described in recently released FBI (news - web sites) documents are under investigation.
Cuba said the United States has been lying to hide “the horrendous torture, cruelty and humiliating and insulting treatment of prisoners” that are all part of the abuse “the U.S. government commits every day.”
The U.S. administration began sending terrorism suspects to Guantanamo Bay in January 2002. About 550 detainees from nearly 40 countries are being held there, accused of links to Afghanistan (news - web sites)‘s ousted Taliban regime or the al-Qaida terror network.
Documents published last month show FBI agents warned the government about abuse and mistreatment when the first prisoners arrived in Cuba.
The military, which has ordered an independent investigation, insists most cases detailed by the FBI are old and that many questionable interrogation techniques no longer are used.