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Andy Worthington
Occupation Journalist, historian, film director
Nationality United Kingdom
Subjects Social history,
the war on terror
Official website

Andy Worthington is a British historian, journalist and film director.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He has published three books, and been published in numerous publications. In 2009 Worthington was the co-director of a documentary about the Guantanamo captives.[7][8][9] Worthington is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, a liberal weblog.[10] Worthington has published what has been described as the most definitive annotated list of all Guantanamo captives.[11][12] In January 2010 he published the first annotated list of Bagram captives.[13]

Worthington's most recent book is The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison.[14] Following its publication in October 2007, Worthington has published articles supplementing the information in his book, to track new developments. Michelle Shephard, author of Guantanamo's Child, when summing up other books on Guantanamo, described his book as: "Perhaps the single most important book to cover the big picture of Guantanamo", even though he "has never even been to Guantanamo Bay."[15] Stephen Grey, writing in The New Statesman, called the book: "a powerful, essential and long-overdue piece of research".[16]

Worthington and Polly Nash co-directed Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo, a 75 minute documentary.[7][8][9] The film focusses on the cases of United Kingdom citizen Moazzam Begg, and Omar Deghayes and Shaker Aamer, legal residents of the UK. In addition to interviews with Begg and Deghayes, there are interviews with lawyers Clive Stafford Smith and Tom Wilner, and Worthington himself. The film first premiered at the Human Rights Film Festival in Oslo, Sweden, in February 2010.

Worthington has made numerous radio and television appearances as a commentator on Guantanamo since the publication of the book.[1][17][18]

His two earlier books were: Stonehenge: Celebration & Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield.[19][20] The first book concerns modern celebrations at the ancient astronomical site, and the differing interpretations of modern celebrants. The second book concerns a large confrontation between police and new age celebrants traveling to Stonehenge on 1 June 1985.

On June 16 2009 Worthington published new information on the death of Ibn Al Shaykh Al Libi.[21] Al Libi was the former director of the Khaldan training camp, and during his interrogation in the CIA's network or secret interrogation camps, he confessed to hosting trainers from Saddam Hussein's Iraqi administration, who trained Al Qaeda bombers how to use Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. When it became clear that there were no ties between Saddam and Al Qaeda Al Libi disappeared from the public record. It turned out that he had been transferred to Libyan custody. Human rights workers relocated him in mid-May 2009, only to be informed by Libyan authorities that he killed himself on June 1 2009.

Worthington reported that former Guantanamo captive, United Kingdom resident, and citizen of Libya Omar Deghayes was his link to a source within Libya who had spoken with Al Libi prior to his death.[21] Based on his Libyan source Worthington was able to offer a more detailed timeline of Al Libi's last years.


  1. ^ a b Andy Worthington. "About me". self-published. Retrieved 2008-04-19.  mirror
  2. ^ Carlotta Gall, Andy Worthington (2008-02-05). "Time Runs Out for an Afghan Held by the U.S.". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Profile: Andy Worthington". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Andy Worthington". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Andy Worthington". Truthout. 2010-02-09. Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Andy Worthington". Future of Freedom Foundation. Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. 
  7. ^ a b Rich Klein (2009-11-23). "‘Top Line’ at the Movies: ‘Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo’". ABC News. Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. 
  8. ^ a b Sari Gelzer, Troy Page (2009-12-03). "The Human Cost of Guantanamo". Truthout. Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. 
  9. ^ a b Andy Worthington, Polly Nash (2009). "Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo". Spectacle Films. Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. 
  10. ^ Howard Kurtz (July 9, 2007). "A Blog That Made It Big". Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  11. ^ Andrew Sullivan (2010-01-05). "The Full Gitmo List". Atlantic magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. 
  12. ^ Juan Cole (2010-01-05). "Guantanamo: The Definitive Prisoner List (Updated for 2010)". Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. 
  13. ^ Andy Worthington (2010-01-26). "Bagram: The First Ever Prisoner List (The Annotated Version)". Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. 
  14. ^ Andy Worthington (October 2007). The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison. Pluto Press. ISBN 0745326658. 
  15. ^ Michelle Shephard (2008-11-23). "Guantanamo: A place that will live in infamy". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2008-11-23.  mirror
  16. ^ Stephen Grey (2007-12-06). "The Guantanamo Files: the Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison". The New Statesman. Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  17. ^ Riz Khan (2009-09-30). "Is Bagram the new Guantanamo?". Al Jazeera. Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. 
  18. ^ "After Years in Guantanamo Prison Without Charge, Future Even More Uncertain for Yemeni Detainees". Democracy Now. 2010-01-08. Archived from the original on 2010-02-09. 
  19. ^ Andy Worthington. Stonehenge: Celebration & Subversion. Alternative Albion. ISBN 1872883761. 
  20. ^ Andy Worthington. The Battle of the Beanfield. Enabler Publications. ISBN 0952331667. 
  21. ^ a b Andy Worthington (2009-06-19). "New Revelations About The Torture and Alleged Suicide Of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi". The Public Record. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 


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