The Guantanamo Bay detainee who U.S. authorities say is responsible for killing Americans was released during President George W. Bush's time in office, according to a senior Obama administration official.
"Less than five percent of detainees released since January 2009 are confirmed of re-engaging in terrorism and, of those, none are assessed to have killed Americans," the official told the Washington Examiner.
The official made the clarification following testimony Wednesday from one of the administration's two envoys for closing the prison. Citing national security concerns, the official requested anonymity and would not provide further details about the detainee or the circumstances surrounding the Americans' deaths.
Sources familiar with the details told the Examiner that the detainee was an Afghan released during Bush's tenure and killed Americans in a "battlefield situation."