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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 127-04
February 25, 2004

Transfer of Detainee Complete

The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of a Danish national from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for release to the government of Denmark.

The decision to transfer or release a detainee is based on many factors, including whether the detainee is of further intelligence value to the United States and whether he poses a threat to the United States. The decision to transfer this detainee was made after extensive discussions between our two governments. It was based on assurances provided by the Government of Denmark that it will accept responsibility for its national and will take appropriate and specific steps to ensure that he will not pose a continued threat to the United States or the international community. We are satisfied they will do everything possible to ensure that the individual does not engage in terrorist activities.

During the course of the War on Terrorism, the department expects that there will be other transfers or releases of detainees.

Because of operational and security considerations, no further details can be provided.

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