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The US state department today warned that disclosure of secret information in the case of a British resident said to have been tortured before he was sent to Guantánamo Bay would cause "serious and lasting damage" to security relations between the two countries.
In a last-minute court intervention, a legal adviser to the US state department also claimed that the "national security of the UK" would be affected by disclosure of the details of the detention and interrogation of Binyam Mohamed, who is being held in Guantánamo Bay accused of conspiring with al-Qaida.
Lawyers for the 30-year-old Ethiopian national, backed by the organisation Reprieve, took legal action to demand access to details of the whereabouts and manner of his interrogation from the time he was detained in 2002 until he was taken to Guantánamo Bay in 2004. Mohamed claims that his torture included having his penis cut with a razor blade