White House rejects Pentagon's plan to close Guantanamo

White House says closing Guantanamo and building replacement in US could be too costly

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

In this March 30, 2010 photo, made through one way glass, reviewed by the US military, a Guantanamo detainee carries a workbook as he is escorted by guards after the detainee attended a class in "Life Skills," inside Camp 6.

The Obama administration has rejected as too expensive a Department of Defense cost estimate for closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and building a replacement, and it has asked for revisions, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing officials familiar with the plan.

The Pentagon estimate for closing the prison and building another one in the United States was as high as $600 million, including $350 million in construction costs, the newspaper cited the officials as saying.