Britain is demanding the release of five prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay. The British Foreign Secretary David Milliband has written to the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice requesting that the five men, who all lived in Britain before they were captured, be set free. It marks an abrupt U-turn in policy on the part of the British government.
When Tony Blair was prime minister the government said it was not obliged to seek the release of prisoners without British citizenship. But under the new Prime Minister Gordon Brown it appears to have had a change of heart. The official request follows a recent meeting between Brown and the US President George Bush, their first since Tony Blair stepped down.