The whole truth about Abu Ghraib?

The Chicago Tribune says Gen. Geoffrey Miller has contradicted his own sworn testimony as to what he told Rumsfeld's deputies about Abu Ghraib.

Published July 15, 2005 8:00AM (EDT)

Did Scott McClellan lie to the American public, or did Karl Rove lie to Scott McClellan before he lied to the American public himself? We don't know the answers to those questions yet. But while we're waiting for more shoes to drop in the Valerie Plame case, let's check in with the Chicago Tribune, which has an interesting report out today on the truthfulness -- or lack thereof -- of the Army general who has been criticized for his role in the treatment of prisoners at both Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib.

According to the Tribune, Gen. Geoffrey Miller told the Senate Armed Services Committee in May 2004 that he had filed a report on a recent visit to Abu Ghraib but had not talked with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld or his top aides about the trip to Iraq or what he had found there. But in a recorded statement to attorneys three months later, the Tribune says, Miller said he briefed then Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Undersecretary for Intelligence Steve Cambone on his visit to Abu Ghraib. In the statement, the Tribune says, Miller said: "I went over the report that we had developed and gave them a briefing on the intelligence activities, recommendations, and some recommendations on detention operations."

As the Tribune notes, Miller's statement, if true, "suggests that officials at the very top of the Pentagon may have been more involved in monitoring activities" at Abu Ghraib than has been disclosed previously. Miller's statement would also suggest that Cambone lied to Congress when he told the Senate Armed Services Committee in May 2004 that he was "not briefed by Gen. Miller."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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