Karpinski on her obligation to tell the truth

The former commander of Abu Ghraib tells reporters why she plans to testify against Donald Rumsfeld.

Published November 14, 2006 6:15PM (EST)

We told you yesterday about the overlooked aspect of the request for a war crimes prosecution of outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Germany: the potential testimony of former Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, who headed Abu Ghraib at the time of the abuses there.

There's more today: The Associated Press reports on a press conference held to announce the formal filing of the suit, at which Karpinski spoke to reporters.

"My obligation is to provide the truth about what I saw and what I experienced in Iraq," Karpinski said. "When I was getting too close to what was happening they took me out of the equation -- they removed Abu Ghraib from my control. Hopefully my testimony will stop this sort of thing ever happening again. I feel we have an obligation to the rest of the world because if the U.S. does something it gives permission to the rest of the world, but it doesn't mean it is right."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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