Skadden lawyer to lead Guantanamo shutdown

By James Barnes

17 June 2013 at 10:34 BST

Washington lawyer Clifford Sloan has been named by President Barack Obama as the new special envoy tasked with closing down the prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

Clifford Sloan takes Guantanamo role

The Washington Post reports that Mr Sloan – a litigation partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom – has significant government experience and will reopen the State Department’s Office of Guantanamo Closure.
The office was closed in January when diplomat Daniel Fried was reassigned by the Obama administration.
Officials are yet to comment on the appointment before a formal announcement is made later today.


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