Secret diaries of Abu Zubaydah leaked

The secret personal diary of Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah has been obtained and translated to English by Al Jazeera America.

Secret diaries of Abu Zubaydah leaked

World Bulletin / News Desk

Abu Zubaydah was captured in Pakistan in 2002 after the Taliban regime fell in Afghanistan due to the U.S. invasion. Former U.S. president George W. Bush used to refer to him as a key figure in the so called 'war on terror.'

The 113-page document, which was obtained from a former US intelligence official who worked with the CIA and FBI, is being studied by journalists all over the world, with much information contradicting official U.S. accounts on his story already being contradicted.

It has already been revealed that Abu Zubaydah, who has been held by U.S. authorities in Cuba without trial since 2006, was tortured under the Bush administration. This includes water-boarding, sleep deprivation and isolation in a tiny cell. Previously, the CIA had deleted some tapes of his interrogations in 2005.

Abu Zubaydah had joined the Taliban as a young man in the early 90s after the retreat of occupying Soviet forces, to help Afghanistan fight against communist insurgents who remained as remnants of the former Soviet regime.  

According to the Guardian's Brent Mickum, ''Zayn was not, and never had been, a member of either the Taliban or Al Qaeda,'' and was ''never a member or a supporter of any armed forces that were allied against the United States.''

Pointing out that he was unarmed when he was taken into ''illegal'' custody, Michum also mentioned that he was ''not picked up on a battlefield in Afghanistan at the time of his detention, but was taken into custody in Pakistan, where he was wrongfully attacked, shot, and nearly killed.''

The diary was found with the Saudi-born Palestinian, whose real name is Zayn-al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, when he was captured over 10 years ago and confiscated by the authorities. After being transferred to Guantanamo, it is said that Abu Zubaydah had “asked 20 hours a day” everyday when his diaries would be returned and compared the withholding of the notebooks to the kidnapping of a child.

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