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For Obama, WikiLeaks' Guantánamo files come at bad time

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Since it opened in early 2002, Guantánamo has housed 776 detainees. Of those, 604 have been transferred to their home country or resettled in a third country. Some 172 detainees remain.

New details on terror leaders

The WikiLeaks documents include new details about alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole.

A 15-page report on Mr. al-Nashiri says he is “so dedicated to jihad that he reportedly received injections to promote impotence and recommended the injections to others so more time could be spent on the jihad (rather than being distracted by women).”

The new information about Mr. Mohammed is contained in a 12-page report on Majid Khan, a Pakistani national whose family owned a gas station in Baltimore.

The report says Mohammed was attempting to assess Mr. Khan’s usefulness as an Al Qaeda operative. He wanted to know whether Khan was willing to “die for the cause.”

In March 2002, Mohammed gave Khan an explosive vest to wear in a mosque where Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was to attend a prayer service. Khan was told to get as close as he could to Musharraf before triggering the vest.

It was only a test. Musharraf was not there and the vest was not loaded with explosives.

'Secret' documents show evidence

WikiLeaks said it expects to release more Guantánamo documents at intervals within the next month.

The released documents are marked “Secret/Noforn,” meaning that they are classified as “secret” and may not be shared with foreign officials.

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