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December 18, 2013

Compromise could have dramatic impact on Gitmo detainees

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WASHINGTON —

Administration officials say they are working with foreign governments to negotiate terms of transfers so there won't be a big movement overnight.

"The president directed the administration to responsibly reduce the detainee population to the greatest extent possible, and we would welcome much needed flexibility in this area," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. "But even in the absence of transfer restrictions, our longstanding policy is to transfer detainees only if the threat posed by the detainee can be sufficiently mitigated and when consistent with our humane treatment policy."

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