BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The U.S. military will transfer detainees from Abu Ghraib to a new facility within three months, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.

About 4,500 detainees will be moved to Camp Cropper, a detention facility at Baghdad International Airport that is being expanded to handle the influx, said Lt. Col. Keir-Kevin Curry, in charge of detainee operations.

Camp Cropper has been holding “high-value detainees” and Saddam Hussein himself has been held there.

The new prison could be completed as early as two to three months from now, Curry said.

Abu Ghraib will be handed over to the Iraqi government, he said.

Abu Ghraib, notorious in Iraq for the treatment of prisoners there under Saddam Hussein, became notorious worldwide for the treatment of detainees there under U.S. forces after the U.S.-led invasion.

More than 25 people have been held accountable for criminal acts and other misconduct associated with prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib, according to the U.S. Defense Department’s Web site.

This is no surprise. Wait until no one’s looking and cover up the mess.