London, — Former President Bill Clinton has said the United States should either "close down or clean up" the Guantanamo Bay prison for foreign terrorism suspects.
In an interview with the Financial Times published on Monday, Clinton said American or British troops would be at much greater risk if they had a reputation for abusing people.
"Well, it either needs to be closed down or cleaned up," Clinton said when asked whether the camp on Cuba should close.
"It”s time that there are no more stories coming out of there about people being abused," he was quoted as saying by Reuters.
The prison, set up after the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan in response to the attacks of Sept. 11 2001, has become increasingly controversial in recent months.
Some U.S. lawmakers have condemned the way detainees are treated at the prison.
"If we get a reputation for abusing people, it puts our own soldiers much more at risk," Clinton said