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White House spokesman Tommy Vietor on Wednesday vigorously denied a report in London’s Guardian newspaper that said the U.S. agreed in principle to releasing Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in exchange for the opening of the Qatar office.

U.S. laws make releasing the prisoners almost impossible, said Wells Dixon, a lawyer for the nonprofit Center for Constitutional Rights, which is representing most of the 171 detainees at Guantanamo.