More than 12 years after he was detained by the US, Mohamedou Ould Slahi remains locked up in Guantánamo, trapped in a horrific legal limbo. But his extraordinary account, handwritten over 466 pages from his single cell at Camp Echo in 2005, is finally being published after years of litigation — and more than 2,500 redactions by the US government. In an unprecedented collaboration, the Guardian and Canongate Books present the full declassified manuscript.
Guantánamo Diary is out in paperback this week.
As Mohamedou Ould Slahi is still in Guantánamo Bay and unable to speak about his book himself, his incredible, moving story is being brought to life by celebrities who have been touched by his story.
Over the coming weeks, we will release exclusive audio extracts read by Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law, Neil Gaiman, Nadya Tolokonnikova, John Hurt, Clarke Peters, Brian Eno, Hari Kunzru, Nick Cave, Dominic West, Alan Cumming and Stanley Tucci.
You can read Mohamedou’s full story here.
Tell the US government to free Slahi
The US has never charged Slahi with a crime. The government's justifications for holding him fail because he has never taken part in any hostilities against the United States. And he poses no threat to the US.
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