Detained but ready to mingle..
A Guantanamo Bay prisoner has an online dating profile.
Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani is looking for love on Match.com from the confines of his prison camp, where he has been held since 2007.
According to his lawyer Carlos Warner, who monitors the account, al-Afghani set up the profile in 2012.
With the location set to ‘Guantanamo Bay’, his tag line reads, ‘detained but ready to mingle’ – and he gets matches every day.
This is Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani’s Match.com profile picture. His lawyer runs his account, with the tag line ‘detained but ready to mingle’, as he remains in Guantanamo Bay. He has been in Camp 7 since 2007
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The surprising news has emerged in a set of letters the ‘high-value’ prisoner sent to Warner this summer, seen by Daily Mail Online, in which he jokes about the Ashley Madison hack and his own experience in the field.
‘This is terrible news about Ashley Madison, please remove my profile immediately!!!’ al-Afghani jokes in a letter dated 21 July.
‘I’ll stick with Match.com even though you say it is for old people. There is no way I can do Tinder in here.’
Al-Afghani, who is accused of being a close associate of Osama bin Laden but has not been given a trial, made his foray into the ever-popular world of online dating after reading about the phenomenon in a magazine four years ago, Warner told Daily Mail Online.
With access to satellite television and newspapers, the Afghan detainee has become passionate about modern technology and popular culture beyond the confines of Camp 7.
‘I was visiting him a few years ago and, as always, brought him some magazines,’ Warner explains.
‘At the time online dating wasn’t as big as it is now, and he found it fascinating. He asked if we could set up a profile so I did.
‘We decided on two: Plenty Of Fish and Match.com. But Plenty Of Fish required too much classified information – date of birth, exact location. So we went with Match.com.
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‘It’s obviously it’s a bit of satire and unfortunately he doesn’t have a trial or release date, but if he did he would certainly be responding to some of these matches.
‘I still get emails every day with matches from women in the Caribbean. He finds it very funny that some woman in Jamaica might be pining for him even though he’s open about the fact that he’s in Guantanamo.
‘He can’t believe how popular online dating is now. I tell him that’s how most people meet someone these days and he finds that hilarious. Tinder confuses him though – he doesn’t understand really what a smartphone is so the concept of swiping is strange.’
Warner adds: ‘I don’t want to say he’s a “ladies man” but he’s definitely interested in the culture.’
Since publication, it appears Match.com has suspended al-Afghani’s account.
Al-Afghani was originally detained by Pakistani intelligence forces but requested to be tried in America. On arrival, he was placed in Guantanamo Bay, where he is now one of 116 remaining prisoners.
He appeared numerous times in the torture report which found the CIA had unjustly subjected detainees to brutal and life-altering abuse before trial.
Warner concedes it is unlikely they will see a trial or release date any time soon. For now, their meetings, which usually last a few days, consist of reading newspapers, watching TV and talking about culture.
‘I always bring him as many magazines as I can. His favorite above all is The Economist so I try to always bring that. Aside from that, anything will do. He’s just fascinated to learn about what’s going on.’
Al-Afghani was mentioned numerous times in the torture report which found he was unjustly abused
He writes extensively about his detention and torture as he reaches almost nine years inside the camp
As English is not al-Afghani’s first language, some letters (like this) he dictates to prison guards to write
There are 116 prisoners remaining at the detention camp despite President Obama’s vow to close it
In his letters, Al-Afghani also writes animatedly about his respect for Caitlyn Jenner’s gender transformation, politics, and style.
‘It was interesting to hear about Catilyn (sic) Jenner,’ he wrote on July 21.
‘I am happy for her because people are born how they are. I have one question though – how is she a Republican? They want to take her rights away?
‘Anyhow, tell her to use spray tan for her legs.’
And it seems even Guantanamo detainees are baffled by Donald Trump’s surprising ascent to the top of the polls.
He writes: ‘Donald Trump is an idiot!!!
‘Sen. McCain (sic) is a war hero. Donald Trump is a war zero.
‘How can a racist run for president? He bankrupted the USFL and now wants to bankrupt the U.S.
‘At this rate Hillary has a chance.’
Another letter touches on LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, Ohio.
He also harbors an appreciation for the people of South Dakota: ‘Why hasn’t President Obama visited South Dakota? He has been to every other state. South Dakotains have feelings too!!!’
Despite being refused a trial and being heavily tortured, he adds, ‘I want to go to the U.S. when this place is closed… however maybe I should be scared to go to South Dakota.’
The cheery nature of his letters bear a stark contrast to the damning allegations that he helped protect Osama bin Laden.
Warner insists the allegations are ‘bulls***’ and that ‘the government has made no effort to try him in any way, shape or form’.