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Powell vs. Rumsfeld on Red Cross Reports

Powell: Bush & Rumsfeld Saw Red Cross Prison Reports

13 May 2004 | DemocracyNow!

A day after appearing again on Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took a secret trip to Baghdad today to meet with senior US military officials. He said he wanted to ensure that detainees were being treated properly. On Wednesday Rumsfeld admitted that the prison abuse scandal could deliver a “body blow” to U.S. efforts in Iraq. Meanwhile Secretary of State Colin Powell has said that Rumsfeld and President Bush were both fully informed of the concerns of the International Committee of the Red Cross about the conditions in Iraqi prisons. This according to the Baltimore Sun. Powell’s statement contradicts Rumsfeld’s own deputy Steven Cambone who said the reports never made it to Rumsfeld.

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