A Soldier’s Cost for Exposing Abu Ghraib
In this “60 Minutes” segment, Anderson Cooper interviews the former U.S. soldier who brought the Abu Ghraib pictures to light.
Partial transcript from CBS News:
Exposing the truth has not been easy for Joe Darby. He turned in the pictures of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib in Iraq – pictures he discovered purely by accident.
He tells correspondent Anderson Cooper how he came upon those pictures, and how turning them in has changed his life forever – for the worse.
Growing up in Appalachia, Joe Darby was just an ordinary Joe. He signed up to be an MP in the Army Reserve. His local unit was sent to Abu Ghraib where Darby worked in an office, while others guarded the prisoners. And then, one day when Darby wanted scenic pictures to send home, he spotted the unit’s camera buff, prison guard Charles Graner.
“So I walked up to Graner and I, you know, ‘Hey do you have any pictures?’ And he said ‘Yeah, yeah, hold on.’ Reaches into his computer bag and pulls out two CDs and just hands them to me,” Darby remembers.Wait, before you go…
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