The Obama administration is considering the release of five Taliban prisoners to improve peace talks with the Afghan insurgency and now we know who's on the short list. This morning, CNN's Adam Levine and Tim Lister got confirmation from a "knowledgeable source" of the names of the former Taliban leaders up for release from Guantanamo Bay. Thanks to WikiLeaks—and a joint project by The New York Times and NPR—there's a searchable docket with pictures and background details on all the detainees in Guantanamo. As such, we can show you what these prisoners look like and what they've allegedly done, according to government records. Not a bad resource in the run-up to a peace deal that's already controversial. Behold: The Taliban Five:
Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa: This former Afghan minister is in his mid-40s and has been in Guantanamo for nine years and nine months. When the Taliban ruled, he was the Afghan Minister of interior. In those days, he was apparently pretty media savvy: He was appointed the Taliban spokesperson for the BBC and Voice of America, according to his file. He was also governor of Herat from 1999 to 2001 and allegedly had direct ties to Osama bin Laden and the late Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi. According to CNN, during questioning he "denied all knowledge of extremist activities."