• Born Zayn al Abdeen Mohammed al Hussein in Saudi Arabia on March 12, 1971.
• Captured March 28, 2002 in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
• His lawyers said in a 2008 court filing
that before he got to Guantánamo in September 2006 the CIA held him prisoner in Pakistan, Thailand, Diego Garcia, Poland and North Africa, probably Morocco.
• Leaked and declassified reports show the CIA subjected him to some of its most aggressive “enhanced interrogation techniques” while in secret overseas custody, including 83 rounds of waterboarding, sleep deprivation, being kept nude, confinement to coffin-like boxes as well as to crouch in a cage. The FBI agent Ali Soufan said that, before the interrogations turned aggressive, Abu Zubaydah divulged the identity of “mukhtar,” the code-name for the 9/11 mastermind -- Khalid Sheik Mohammed.
• President Bush called
him a prized captive who required “an alternative set of procedures” in announcing is transfer to Guantánamo. He disclosed
his capture on June 6, 2002, claiming he was al-Qaida's chief of operations.
• At Guantánamo he’s been confined to a secret prison called Camp 7, where he suffered seizures.
• In January 2010, a federal task force recommended he be considered for trial, although he has never been charged with a crime.
• An audio tape released by the Defense Department captured him speaking in English
, and telling a military panel at Guantánamo in March 27, 2007 that he was not a member of al-Qaida. “I never conducted nor financially supported nor helped in any operation against America,” he said. Instead, he said he advocated "defensive jihad" against infidel forces invading Muslim lands, such as Bosnia and Chechnya, during the two-hour
• Guantánamo prosecutors screened a pre-capture video
of him celebrating the jihad at the sentencing hearing for an al-Qaida foot soldier in February 2011.
• A Guantánamo profile
of him released to McClatchy by the Wikileaks anti-secrecy group in 2011 showed that he was missing an eye by the time the CIA brought him to the base in Cuba from four years in black site custody.
• A 2011 McClatchy analysis
of Guantánamo documents obtained by Wikileaks showed that his interrogations were used to implicate more than 125 of 779 captives held at the prison camps.
• In 2013 the news channel al-Jazeera
published English translations of his Arabic-language diaries, which the U.S. translated to exploit during his CIA interrogations.