White House Press secretary is in a snit:
This article from the Telegraph is alleged to be the source of consternation.
Allegations of rape and abuse were included in his 2004 report but the fact there were photographs was never revealed. He has now confirmed their existence in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.
The 2004 report being mentioned is the Taguba report.
The graphic nature of some of the images may explain the US President’s attempts to block the release of an estimated 2,000 photographs from prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan despite an earlier promise to allow them to be published.
The Taguba report was released in 2004. Taguba alluded to the rape in this report, now he confirmed there are indeed photos of it.
The British Press is however firing back.
Robert Gibbs' completely unwarranted rant against the British press is an absolute disgrace, and the President should disown his views. An unreserved apology by Gibbs is also in order.
For all its talk of "raising America's standing" in the world after the Bush years, the Obama administration is doing a spectacularly bad job of reaching out to its allies. Unfortunately this is the new face of America's public diplomacy, which will only serve to alienate public opinion across the Atlantic. Congratulations Gibbs - you've just made an enemy out of the entire British media, quite an achievement for the man in charge of selling the President's message.
Don't shoot the messenger. The British Press delivered a report, they are standing by it.
The problem is all the abuse, the torture and the rapes of women and children, conducted under America's watch. That is the problem!