Aussie Hicks May Get Rich on Gitmo Story

Released prisoner could get $1M for TV, book, magazine rights
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2008 8:20 AM CST
Former Guantanamo terror prisoner David Hicks is driven away from Yatala high security prison in the southern city of Adelaide Saturday, December 29, 2007. Hicks, a former kangaroo skinner who pleaded...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A worldwide media bidding war has erupted for rights to the story of Australian David Hicks, the only Guantanamo prisoner convicted of terrorism charges, who was released a month ago from an Australian prison. If Hicks sells his story, he would  violate Australian proceeds-of-crime laws, but his advisers are resolved to do so anyway, the Australian reports.

Hicks, a onetime kangaroo skinner, trained with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, where he met Osama bin Laden, whom he describes as "lovely." Captured in 2001, he spent 5 years in Guantanamo and is now under a US-imposed gag order until March 26. The price on Hicks' story is rumored to be up to $1M.