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UK Court Orders Release of Gitmo Notes

Britain's Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that the government must disclose secret intelligence about the treatment of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who says he was tortured in U.S. custody.

Judges on Wednesday rejected the government's claim that revealing the information would damage U.S.-British intelligence cooperation.

In October, the High Court ordered officials to make public a secret seven-paragraph summary of U.S. intelligence files describing the treatment of British resident Binyam Mohamed. The Foreign Office appealed that ruling.

The British government released a statement following the ruling essentially claiming victory in the two year court battle, saying that if the information contained in the summary hadn't already been made public, the court would have ruled differently.

According to the intelligence summary, which has been reported in the U.S., Mohamed was subjected to harsh interrogation techniques including sleep deprivation and threats soon after his arrest on behalf of American authorities.

That treatment, if carried out with the knowledge of British officials, would have violated Britain's anti-torture agreements.

Ethiopia-born Mohamed was arrested in Pakistan in 2002 and says he was tortured there and in Morocco before being flown to Guantanamo Bay. He was released without charge last year.

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