by Hector Tobar, August 12, 2014–Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been described by one former Guantanamo prosecutor as the “Forrest Gump” of the Guantanamo detainees. A slight and frenetic man, he seems to have known, or met, or crossed paths with key Al Qaeda figures. But it isn’t clear that he’s ever done anything wrong.
Slahi turned himself in to the authorities in his native Mauritania in 2001, was later handed over to the United States, and has been in custody ever since, though never charged with a crime. He’s still being held in Guantanamo–where he has [more]