U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has expressed his full support for transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Carter stressed, at a press conference Thursday, there has been no pressure from the White House to transfer Guantanamo prisoners, adding "I see it exactly like the president does." Under U.S. law, the defense secretary has final authority to approve any transfers from Guantanamo.
He confirmed recent reporting by VOA that Pentagon teams are looking at sites in the United States to move prisoners currently held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.
Carter said the two main sites under consideration are the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and Charleston, South Carolina's naval installation. "We're looking at other places too," he added. READ MORE OF THIS STORY