Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Lynndie England Surfaces in German Interview


German magazine Stern has interviewed Lynddie England, the infamous face of the Abu Gharib scandal.

A few things in the interview didn't make sense to me. She says that there were people from the CIA and other OGAs present during the "interrogations" where the infamous pictures were taken, but then goes on to say this about the man who "betrayed" her by turning in the pictures to the CIA:

And then a sergeant named Joe Darby brought the whole scandal to light.
Darby had those pictures at the beginning of November. Later on, somebody - it was probably Graner - pissed him off about something and he was like, "Okay, I'm gonna get back at him." So he turned those pictures into the CIA and became a whistleblower. He was with our unit for years. He was our buddy. And then he turned his back on us. He betrayed us.

Was the CIA in on this or not?

Throughout the interview England doesn't seem like the sharpest knife in the drawer, and her reflection on everything is completely narcissistic. There was little feeling of how everything she did was wrong, how bad it made her country look or even how it effected her fellow soldiers. Everything to her seemed to be about seeking the approval of Charles Graner and, later on, her personal safety. You can tell the interviewer is getting disgusted, as I would too.

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