After 13 years of incarceration, Saudi national Shaker Aamer was released from Guantanamo Bay on Friday. But the US may not have seen the last of him — his lawyer says he's suffering severe PTSD and plans to take legal action.
A UK resident before his arrest, now-48-year-old Aamer returned to his family in Britain over the weekend. It took eight more years for him to be released from Guantanamo after the US admitted there was no case against him in 2007. So the question is what security concerns the US had that would keep a man without charges in a prison for nearly another decade.
WikiLeaks released the classified Guantanamo file on Aamer that revealed the thoughts surrounding his prolonged detainment; they have since been discredited. But for those wondering what caused Aamer's imprisonment, and what the US was wrong about, there's still a lot to learn from the document.
The US report says he worked for an al-Qaeda cell in the UK and moved to Afghanistan to help fight with the group there. Ultimately, his evaluation as a "high risk" was summarized by this:
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