March 11th, 2009
11:09 AM ET

New envoy to oversee the closing of Gitmo

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Suzanne Malveaux, White House Correspondent
Elise Labott, CNN State Department Producer

Two senior administration officials confirm that Daniel Fried will be named a special envoy to oversee the closing of Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

Fried is currently assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. The new job is intended to underscore the Administration’s seriousness in shutting down the facility. Fried is a veteran diplomat who worked under former President George W. Bush. His main job will be to negotiate transferring Guantanamo detainees to third countries, mainly in Europe.

Filed under: Elise Labott • Guantanomo Bay • Suzanne Malveaux
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. FJohnson

    Why doesn't someone simply ask Obama the question. Why do we have Gitmo and why have we had it for so many years? I'd like to hear his answer, that is, if he knows that much history.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:02 am |
  2. Richard Curl

    I am comforted to hear that they will be transferred instead of released. I am curious as to how WWII would have turned out had we used the same "everyone has the right to a jury trial and US Constitutional protections" crap that is now politically correct for our "conflicts". Lets go back to having wars and firing squads.

    March 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm |
  3. John

    well, when are you going to show us the public the names of the people that input the pork bills. As tax payers Obama said he is going to make everything transparent. And I would like to see who is inputting this pork by the pig farmers.

    March 11, 2009 at 12:24 pm |