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WikiLeaks slams paper after Gitmo Swede leak

TT/The Local/rm · 27 Apr 2011, 17:08

Published: 27 Apr 2011 17:08 GMT+02:00

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31-year-old Ghezali has meanwhile spoken of his wish to put his experiences in the Cuba-based prison behind him and 'move on with his life'.

On Tuesday Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet announced that they would publish details regarding the Swedish Guantanamo detainee Mehdi Ghezali in cooperation with WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

But rivals Expressen beat them to it and published the documents on Tuesday afternoon, something which drew comment from WikiLeaks Swedish agent Johannes Wahlström on Wednesday.

“I can only congratulate the journalists that got the scoop, it is just a pity that they are wasting their talents on a corrupt and politicized paper like Expressen," he told Swedish trade paper Resumé.

According to Resumé, WikiLeaks have taken a hostile stance to Epressen since they revealed that the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was suspected of rape in Sweden.

WikiLeaks believe that enemies of the organisation ‘leaked’ the Ghezali information to their rivals in order to sabotage Aftonbladet’s scoop.

”Nasty business: WikiLeaks enemies give Gitmo files to right wing Swedish tabloid Expression (sic) to scupper Aftonbladet's investigation”, Wikileaks tweeted shortly after.

Expressen’s editor in chief Thomas Mattson doesn’t want to reveal how he came over the documents.

“But it is interesting and perhaps even a little entertaining to see that WikiLeaks once again via Twitter is trying to describe Expressen as a ‘right wing tabloid’” he told Resumé.

Meanwhile, Mehdi Ghezali just wants to get on with his life.

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“I just want to be able to move on,“ he said.

He doesn’t know what to think about the American papers being made public.

“Maybe it is a good thing that the truth finally is revealed but I don’t know. I really just want to get on with it,” he said.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:11 April 27, 2011 by StockholmSam
So Wikileaks doesn't like it when they spring leaks, eh? Funny.
19:14 April 27, 2011 by Rick Methven
Exclusivity is the name of the game

Most probably lost a lot of money by expressen blowing the gaff
20:36 April 27, 2011 by Swedesmith
No use crying over broken rubbers...
21:43 April 27, 2011 by HYBRED
WikiLeaks has enemies? I don't think you can make public the documents they do without getting a lot of peoples boxers in a bunch. I thought the WikiLeaks enemies was pretty much made up of both right and left wing. Plus some inbetween.
01:47 April 28, 2011 by Species125
How much influence does the Swedish government have over what The Local prints? Anyone know? Who owns The Local? Does The Local receive state money?

From Wiki: "The Local's founders are Managing Director Paul Rapacioli, formerly a director of reed.co.uk and Managing Editor James Savage, formerly a radio journalist and PR consultant.Shareholders include the 6th AP Fund and IQube.The Swedish version is edited by American David Landes."
06:44 April 28, 2011 by Russ Cobleigh
Johannes Wahlström is nothing more than a right wing moron!
08:29 April 28, 2011 by prince T
ohannes Wahlström should not be angry. Assange have been beaten at his own game. Keep it expressen.
12:14 April 28, 2011 by johnny1939
@Species125 Thank you for letting me know who is behind "The Local" I am alarmed re David Landes could it be that the Local is a tool of the CIA. I am worried re anything the Americans are behind these days...one cannot trust them. Who are the 6th AP fund???? We better watch more what we say. These people have our names and addresses.....OH boy, Oh Boy really a red flag..
18:06 April 30, 2011 by technoviking
@ Johnny1939

Yes, just because he's an American means he's in the CIA... jacka$$.
07:27 May 2, 2011 by wenddiver
@Technoviking- The US popped a cap in Osama Bin Laden today and he i as dead as a bag of hammers. Let the Terrorist supporters Wiki leak that.

He rotts in hell as we speak. Godd bless the Allied fighting men of all nations who made this possible.
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