Dominic West, Stephen Fry & Benedict Cumberbatch Read From a Guantánamo Prisoner’s Diary

For more than a decade, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has remained locked up in Guantánamo, despite never being charged with a crime. He’s just one of many prisoners trapped in a Kafkian state of legal limbo. Confined to a single cell, Slahi has written a haunting, 466 page account of his experience. And, after years of litigation, and some 2,500 redactions by the US government, his diary is finally being published. You can read the declassified manuscript online over at The Guardian. To get some context on the whole affair, you can watch a short documentary above, which features readings by Dominic West (McNulty in The Wire). Below, we have more readings by Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth. Yet more readings can be found on SoundCloud.

Stephen Fry


Benedict Cumberbatch


Colin Firth

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