60 Minutes interviews Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a former member of Al Qaeda who, after 9/11, spent nearly 14 years as a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba — although he reportedly renounced the terrorist group in the 1990s and was never charged with a crime. While in American custody, Slahi remarkably taught himself English and befriended a number of the guards. He wrote the first-ever memoir from Gitmo, Guantánamo Diary, in which he details the torture that “made him willing to say whatever his tormentors desired,” regardless of its truth. “As long as you are willing to buy, I am selling,” he wrote.
60 Minutes correspondent Holly Williams is the first to interview Slahi after his release in October 2016. He was returned to his native Mauritania. Slahi says he was shackled to a seat and blindfolded for the 10-hour flight home. 60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7pm on CBS.
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