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Verbatim | State Department statement

The State Department issued the following statement on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 to accompany release of the names of 55 Guantánamo captives cleared for release from the Pentagon's prison camps in Cuba. There are 167 detainees at Guantánamo, and the list indicates that the name of one other captive was withheld by order of a federal appeals court.

"As the United States made clear in its filing to the court, the circumstances that created the original need for protection of this information have changed. The United States originally sought protection of this information in order to maintain flexibility in its diplomatic engagements with foreign governments on potential detainee transfers, especially in cases of resettlement in third countries, rather than the detainees’ respective countries of origin.

"The efforts of the United States to resettle Guantánamo detainees have largely been successful – they have resulted in 40 detainees being resettled in third countries because of treatment or other concerns in their countries of origin since 2009. An additional 28 detainees have been repatriated to their countries of origin since 2009, and two have been transferred to a third country for prosecution.

"Of the 56 remaining detainees approved for transfer, only a small number require resettlement in a third country due to humane treatment concerns. Thus, there is no longer a need to protect this information from public disclosure."