Judge won't give Gitmo lawyers helpful information

AP News
Posted: Jan 09, 2013 4:26 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge says lawyers for an Afghan man held at the Guantanamo Bay naval brig cannot see top secret information that she acknowledges would be helpful to his case.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer says in an opinion filed Wednesday that the information could bolster efforts to win the release of suspected Taliban and al-Qaida financier Wali Mohammad Morafa. But Collyer says the information identifying a confidential source is too sensitive to provide to the man's lawyers, who have clearance to see secret, but not top-secret, material.

Collyer says her ruling is a "minor detriment" to Morafa, but that it is more important that she has been able to review the information.

Morafa, previously identified as Wali Mohammad, has been held at Guantanamo without charges since 2002.