Guantanamo Bay detention camp

'Fifty Shades' a hit at Guantanamo detention camp

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 August, 2013, 4:46am

The Fifty Shades of Grey series of erotic novels are the favourite reading material among former CIA captives held at the Guantanamo detention camp, a US congressman has said.

Democrat Jim Moran of Virginia was among congressional delegates who last week toured Camp 7, the top-security facility on the Guantanamo Bay US naval base in Cuba that holds more than a dozen "high-value" prisoners, including five men charged with plotting the September 11 attacks in 2001.

"Rather than the Koran, the book that is requested most is Fifty Shades of Grey. They've read the entire series in English, but we were willing to translate it," the Huffington Post quoted Moran as saying. "I guess there's not much going on, these guys are going nowhere, so what the hell."

Moran favours closing the Guantanamo detention camp.

A military spokesman said he could not discuss details of Camp 7, whose inmates were held in secret CIA prisons before being sent to Guantanamo in 2006.

During a visit to the camp last week, reporters saw an eclectic mix of books in numerous languages, from religious tomes to Star Trek novelisations, Agatha Christie mysteries and the Greek classic The Odyssey.