Sunday, May 15, 2005

Newsweek Report on Flushed Koran May be Wrong

Koran abuse report "may be wrong"

US magazine Newsweek says its report on the desecration of a Muslim holy book by US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay may have been mistaken.
The latest edition says its source is not sure where he saw the assertion that a Koran was flushed down a toilet in an attempt to pressurise detainees.

The original claims triggered outrage throughout the Muslim world.

Newsweek extended sympathy to victims of riots in Afghanistan, where at least 15 have died following the report.

Clerics there threatened holy war unless the US handed over the culprits.


In its new account, the magazine said that one of its reporters spoke to "his original source, the senior government official, who said that he clearly recalled reading investigative reports about mishandling the Koran, including a toilet incident".

"But the official, still speaking anonymously, could no longer be sure that these concerns had surfaced" in a forthcoming report by the US military, the magazine added.

Newsweek said that when it told Pentagon spokesman Lawrence DiRita about what the source said, the spokesman became angry.

"People are dead because of what this son-of-a-bitch said. How could he be credible now?" Mr DiRita was quoted as saying.


Blogger Ambrose said...

Not true, or back-pedalling?

11:41 PM  
Blogger Ono said...

Sounds like back-peddaling, but that's enough of a chink in the armor. Now, here we go again with the whole "liberal media" nonsense again.

7:56 AM  
Blogger Ambrose said...

Or my favorite term for it, "MSM."

4:59 PM  
Blogger Ono said...


"So Called Liberal Media"

7:31 PM  
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