Pentagon: Nope, No Rape in Photos

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Earlier today Britain's Daily Telegraph reported that the abuse photos that President Obama is trying to keep from being released show the rape of male and female prisoners as well as other sexual abuse. But the Pentagon is now claiming that none of the "photos in question depict the images that are described in that article," and Robert Gibbs is saying British newspapers can only be trusted for soccer scores. If their denials are true, this would go a long way toward explaining why Obama previously said the photos are "not particularly sensational." Then again, the Telegraph story was based on seemingly reliable information supplied by Major General Antonio Taguba, who investigated abuse at Abu Ghraib. We wonder if the White House and Taguba are simply talking about different sets of photos. Either way, this has become pretty confusing.

Pentagon denies report Iraq prison photos show rape [Reuters]