U.S. Releases Highest Ranking Soldier Convicted For Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse
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On October 1, 2007, former U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick, 40, was released from the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after having served three years of his eight year prison sentence for abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Frederick famously placed wires in a prisoner’s hands, ordered him onto a box and told him he would be electrocuted if he stepped off the box. A photo of that abuse appeared along with the first batch of photos of Abu Ghraib prisoners being abused that was released to the public. Frederick was the highest ranking of the eleven soldiers convicted of prisoner abuse in the Abu Ghraib scandal. Frederick’s attorney, Gary Meyers, called his prosecution a blatant attempt to shift blame for prisoner abuse from high-ranking Bush administration officials, including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.