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HOLDER: Well, we'll look at the Khadr matter. At this point, it is one of, I think -- believe, one of the cases designated for a commission -- a commission proceeding. And we will, as that case proceeds, see how it should be ultimately treated.

QUESTION: General, (OFF-MIKE) harsh interrogation techniques. Inevitably, defence lawyers are going to seek full disclosure about the circumstances of how these detainees were treated while they were in U.S. custody and want to get as much of that before the jury as they can.

What is the department's position going to be on whether the defence will be entitled to know the full story of how these detainees were treated while they were in U.S. custody?

HOLDER: Well, I think the question -- among the questions that have to be asked in that regard is -- is relevance: How relevant were those statements? Will those statements be used?

I don't know what the defence will try to do. It's hard for me to speculate at this point, so it's hard to know exactly what our response will be.

But I'm quite confident, on the basis of the evidence that we will be able to present, some of which, as I said, has not been even publicly discussed before, that we will be successful in our attempts to convict those men.

QUESTION: But will they be entitled to that evidence, entitled to know the full story of how they were treated?

HOLDER: Well, we'll see what motions they file, and we'll see what responses we make. And a judge will ultimately make that determination.

QUESTION: (inaudible) Greg Craig's departure as White House counsel and whether that was a surprise to you?

HOLDER: Yes, it was a surprise.

Greg Craig is a great lawyer. He has been a great friend to the Justice Department. We've had a good relationship with him. He has, I think, contributed in a significant way to the success of this administration, and I think to the success of the effort to close Guantanamo.

Greg is a friend of mine, and those who have tried to place on him I think an unfair proportion of the blame as to why things have not proceeded perhaps as we have wanted with regard to Guantanamo, that's simply unfair.

He is a great lawyer. He has been a great White House counsel. He was an early supporter of this president, and I know he leaves with -- with the thanks of the president, and certainly with my gratitude.

QUESTION: (inaudible) effort to close -- is this part of the effort to close Guantanamo Bay? Can you talk about how, with this announcement, how far off you think that day is?

HOLDER: Well, as I've said before, I think it's going to be difficult to close the facility by January the 22nd. And one of the things that I think is most problematic in that regard is trying to relocate the people who are going to be approved for transfer; finding places where they can be safely placed, both for the nation that will host them and for the Americans -- for American citizens.

I'm not sure we're going to be able to complete that process by January the 22nd. We are constantly in the process of trying to do exactly that.

QUESTION: For the detainees that will be brought to U.S. soil, can you give us a sense of are they going to be distributed through federal prisons throughout the country? Will there be one central location? Could you give us a sense of how that will play out?

HOLDER: My expectation is that they will be housed, as all defendants are, near the places where the trials will -- will occur.

QUESTION: How soon do you think charges will be filed against these five?

HOLDER: I think that's hard to say. We will seek to bring these indictments as quickly as we can. We'll obviously have to follow the laws that have been passed by Congress with regard to notifications, the 45-day waiting period. But I would expect that we will have indictments returned relatively soon.

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