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DOJ Tells Gitmo Lawyers They Can’t Read Leaked WikiLeaks Documents Online

Posted Apr 27, 2011 7:53 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The U.S. Justice Department has warned lawyers representing Guantanamo detainees that they can’t look at leaked WikiLeaks documents online.

The documents are still classified, the DOJ said, even though they are accessible to anyone with a computer, the New York Times reports. The leaked documents containing intelligence assessments of the detainees were the subject of widespread news coverage earlier this week.

According to the Justice Department's Court Security Office, lawyers who want to view the documents have to visit secure government facilities. DOJ spokesman Dean Boyd told the Times the department was working on questions posed by Guantanamo lawyers about the documents and “we’re working through these issues right now.”

Northwestern law professor Joseph Margulies told the Times he is barred from commenting on leaked documents about his client, Abu Zubaydah. “Everyone else can talk about it,” Margulies said. “I can’t talk about it.”

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