Guantanamo Bay detainee has online dating profile, is 'detained but ready to mingle'

Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani has been held by the CIA since 2007
Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani has been held by the CIA since 2007  Photo: International Red Cross via Rahim family
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A detainee at Guantanamo Bay has an online dating profile and is "detained but ready to mingle", according to his lawyer.

Muhammad Rahim al-Afghani, an Afghan who has been held by the CIA since 2007 and is classified as a "high-value" detainee, appears to have an account on the dating site Match.com.

In a letter to Carlos Warner, his lawyer, the man described by the US government as a "close associate" of Osama bin Laden also expresses concern over the hack of adultery website Ashley Madison.

"This is terrible news about Ashley Madison, please remove my profile immediately!!!" al-Afghani wrote 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 Jazeera America reports that while al-Afghani does not actually have an Ashley Madison account, there is a Match.com profile set up in his name which is monitored by Mr Warner.

His letters also touch on American pop culture. Al-Afghani wrote in July that he was "happy" for Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender reality TV star, "because people are born how they are."

File photo: the entrance to Camp 5 and Camp 6 at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center, Cuba
File photo: the entrance to Camp 5 and Camp 6 at the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center, Cuba  Photo: AP

He went on to question why Ms Jenner was a Republican, and suggested to "tell her to use spray tan for her legs".

In another letter al-Afghani refers to presidential candidate Donald Trump as an "idiot", and refers to Mr Trump's comments that senator John McCain was not a war hero despite having been a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

"Sen McCain is a war hero. Trump is a war zero," he writes. "How can a racist run for president?"

It is unclear how al-Afghani has such up-to-date knowledge of US pop culture after seven years inside Guantanamo.

He was repeatedly tortured while in CIA custody, and claims that his "high-value" status is merely an effort to justify that treatment.

“How do I get out of here?" one letter reads. "I am innocent and I was tortured. Hung from the ceiling until I was dead.”

He has never been charged with a crime, and is one of 116 prisoners remaining at the detention facility in Cuba.

The CIA said in 2008 that al-Afghani helped bin Laden escape from Afghanistan in 2001 and posed a "continuing threat" to the US.

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