WikiLeaks slams paper after Gitmo Swede leak

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WikiLeaks slams paper after Gitmo Swede leak

Whistleblower website WikiLeaks has slammed a Swedish tabloid as 'corrupt and politicized' the day after it published a scoop on Swedish Guantanamo detainee Mehdi Ghezali.


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.

“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.


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