Why The U.S. Just Sent 6 Guantanamo Detainees To Uruguay
The six prisoners freed from Guantanamo are being resettled to Uruguay, instead of being sent home.By Sebastian Martinez | December 7, 2014
Six prisoners are leaving the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay but they're not heading home just yet. First they have to go to Uruguay.
That's because Uruguayan president Jose Mujica applied for their asylum on humanitarian grounds, and an agreement was settled last spring. (Video via CNN)
As CBS reports, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was sluggish in approving the deal and his, "perceived 'slow-walking' of releasing low-level detainees became a sore point between Pentagon and the White House."