The U.S. general who was in charge of Baghdad’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison said on Saturday she had met an Israeli interrogator in Iraq, a claim Israel denied but which was likely to irritate many in the Arab world.
Brigadier-General Janis Karpinski, who was responsible for military police guarding all Iraqi jails at the time prisoners were abused by U.S. troops there, told the BBC she met the Israeli at a Baghdad interrogation center.
“He was clearly from the Middle East and he said: ‘Well, I do some of the interrogation here and of course I speak Arabic, but I’m not an Arab. I’m from Israel’,” she said.
Right-wing Newsmax reports,
The “contractors” are said to be veterans of Israel’s domestic intelligence unit, Shin Bet, as well as the more famous international intelligence agency, the Mossad.
The Associated Press quotes the defense attorney (and former New Jersey prosecutor) of one of the U.S. soldiers charged with abuses as saying:
Interrogators were using “Israeli methods” – including nudity and sexual humiliation – which the Israelis had employed to pressure Arab prisoners into talking.
Finally, Newsweek reports on similarities between Abu Ghraib and Israel’s ultra-secret facility 1391 in which:
Some of the methods are reminiscent of Abu Ghraib: nudity as a humiliation tactic, compromising photographs, sleep deprivation. […] Prisoners describe being hooded everywhere at the facility except in their cells.
Not looking good for Israeli PR…