An article in the latest issue of Vanity Fair goes behind-the-scenes to give a deeper look at the story behind the film The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair. When the soldiers guarding Abu Ghraib were suddenly changed out in the wake of the scandal surrounding the prison and the treatment of Iraqi detainess there, one of the new soldiers who came on board was Benjamin Thompson, a real estate appraiser-turned prison guard by the war.

During his turn as a prison guard, Thompson befriended an imprisoned Iraqi journalist named Yunis Abbas. Abbas' arrest, along with his brothers, had been documented in a film called Gunner Palace, co-directed by Michael Tucker. Abbas and his brothers were arrested, supposedly, for attempting to plan the assassination of Tony Blair, then were subsequently detained for no apparent reason in the lowest-level security camp at Abu Ghraib before being released months later.

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