Seeing Guantanamo as an Opportunity for Growth

Biography

Andy Worthington is a British historian and investigative journalist. He has spent the past ten years on Guantanamo issues. He is the author of The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of 759 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, published in 2007.

In 2010, Worthington worked as a consultant for the United Nations as the lead writer on a report on secret detention. The following year, Worthington served as a media partner with WikiLeaks for the release of classified military files on Guantanamo prisoners. He subsequently began analyzing the files for an ongoing 70-part, “The Complete Guantanamo Files.”

Worthington has worked with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Reprieve and CAGE on a number of Guantanamo reports. He also worked with Amnesty International to promote “Outside the Law: Stories of Guantanamo,” a documentary he co-directed with Polly Nash. The film focuses on the cases of U.K. former detainees Moazzam Begg, Omar Deghayes, and Shaker Aamer.

Worthington and American lawyer Tom Wilner established Close Guantanamo, dedicated to closing the prison. Worthington has published pieces in The Guardian, The New York Times, Al-Jazeera, and Huffington Post.

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