Images that shame US
Part of the photos of prisoner abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (Xinhuanet) -- The U.S. military
has authenticated photos made public Wednesday showing prisoner abuses at Iraq's
Abu Ghraib prison.
The pictures, disclosed for the first time, matched
those gathered by the U.S. military two years ago in its investigation into the
Abu Ghraib prison scandal, a defense official said.
The pictures, released by Australian media, had been
investigated previously and contained no new information, the official said.
Of the 15 pictures, 14 were authentic and only one
could not be authenticated because there were no people in it, he added.
Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said on
Wednesday that the release of additional photos of prisoner abuse was harmful.
The Defense Department "believes that the further
release of images could only further inflame and possibly incite unnecessary
violence in the world and would endanger our military men and women that are
serving in places around the world," he said.
The U.S. military has conducted a number of
investigations since prisoner abuses were uncovered in January 2004. The abuse
scandal, revealed to the public in April that year, sparked widespread protest
and worldwide condemnation. Enditem