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08/22/2013

"You'll never believe what the guards gave to me.."

Recall the "Fifty Shades of Grey" tale.. how the high-value detainees in Guantanamo's secretive Camp 7 reportedly requested the soft porn book triology? U.S. Rep. Jim Moran told that salacious tidbit to the Huffington Post's Ryan Reilly last month.

Here's our blog (.. and details about the detainee who is on Match.com: http://thestar.blogs.com/worlddaily/2013/07/fifty-shades-of-guantanamo.html.)

Well, it was news here at Gitmo again. After the hearing ended Wednesday, defense attorney James Connell came to the media area in "Camp Justice" (we work out of offices in a massive plane hanger adjacent to our tents) to tell journalists the latest. He said his client, Ammar al Baluchi, arrived in court with a copy that the guards gave him on Monday night, which he suggested was a campaign to "discredit" his client.

Reuters' Jane Sutton wrote: "Baluchi had never heard of the book until he read news accounts of Moran's comments and mistakenly thought it was titled 'Thirty Shades of Grey,' Connell said. 'You'll never believe what the guards gave to me,' Connell quoted Baluchi as saying."

The AP's Ben Fox quoted Connell saying, "The book does not have the mail stamp required for any material sent to prisoners from the outside, nor does it have a label from the detainee library."

And Connell told the Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg: "If this is a practical joke, it has gone too far."


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/08/21/3577774/lawyer-guantanamo-guards-gave.html#storylink=cpy


Michelle Shephard is the Star's National Security correspondent and author of "Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism's Grey Zone." She is a three-time recipient of Canada's National Newspaper Award. Follow her on Twitter @shephardm

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