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In a Reversal, White House Will Seek to Withhold Photos of Detainee Abuse

Posted May 13, 2009 12:32 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The Obama administration has reversed course and decided it will oppose releasing photos of claimed prisoner abuses at U.S. prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Anonymous officials told several publications that President Obama met with his legal team last week and said he feared that U.S. troops would be endangered by release of the photos. FOX News, the New York Times, MSNBC and Politico are among the publications that had the story.

The switch in stance was officially announced later today, the Washington Post reports. The United States had reached an agreement to release the photos last month in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The New York City-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused in March to reconsider a decision requiring disclosure.

The administration’s approach will be outlined in a court filing, the Times says.

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