Castor says she needs to know more before calling for Wikileaks abuse probe listen10/27/10 Kate Bradshaw
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A key UN human rights official is calling for an investigation into detainee abuse allegations contained among the pages online whistleblower Wikileaks published Friday. But such a task may be on the backburner for US lawmakers.
It would be up to the US Congress to launch an investigation into alleged detainee abuses in Iraq that, prior to Friday’s Wikileaks report, had apparently been under the radar for many. But the local economy has been at the forefront for many, as have next week’s elections. Today WMNF asked US Member of Congress Kathy Castor if she would call for an investigation into the US role in the latest alleged abuses.
"I've been very concerned about the national security and the depth and breadth of the Wikileaks and Central Command right here at MacDill Air Force Base is conducting a review. And I haven't gotten deeply enough into all of the details to say one way or the other right now."
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, says the US and Iraq should prosecute anyone suspected of conducting torture, civilian deaths, and other crimes.