'Detainee 001': Where is 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh now?

The California man John Walker Lindh took to supporting the Taliban and was captured by the US forces in Afghanistan in 2001


                            'Detainee 001': Where is 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh now?
A still from 'Detainee 001' (Showtime)
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Showtime's upcoming documentary, 'Detainee 001' will follow the capture and the aftermath of John Walker Lindh, also widely known as the 'American Taliban'. The California man took to supporting the Taliban and was captured by the US forces in Afghanistan in 2001. Lindh later served 17 years of his two-decade sentence in prison and was released on probation on May 23, 2019. Since the time of his release, one of the questions asked has been about Lindh's whereabouts.

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While exact details of where he is at present are unknown, quite a few news reports suggested he was in Virginia after his release in 2019. It remains to be seen if the Greg Barker-directed documentary sheds light on where Lindh is. And while we wait for 'Detainee 001' to release, you can have a look at some of these documentaries in the meantime: 'Ringside' and 'Basketball County: In the Water'

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Where is John Walker Lindh now?

Lindh's lawyer, Bill Cummings told CNN that the radical will live in Virginia subject to his probation officer's direction. He was released from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, and will "join the small, but growing, group of Americans convicted of terror-related charges attempting to re-enter into society." Although at the time of his release, Lindh's parents and prosecutors had all declined to comment on his plans.

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He was initially charged with a string of serious offenses and Lindh, in 2002, pleaded guilty to fighting alongside the Taliban. The report added that he broke down in the court during his 14-minute speech at his sentencing hearing. "Had I realized then what I know now about the Taliban, I would never have joined them,” Lindh said. “I never understood jihad to mean anti-Americanism or terrorism."

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'Detainee 001' synopsis

The official synopsis reads: "In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the US and its allies invaded Afghanistan with the mission of identifying, infiltrating, and eliminating terrorist networks. Public attention was riveted on the capture of John Walker Lindh, a radical mujahideen fighter who became known as “the American Taliban.” Through never-before-seen footage of his capture and interrogations, Emmy winning director Greg Barker harrowingly explores how America grapples with justice in the fog of war and how narratives are built and destroyed in the aftermath of battle."

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'Detainee 001' released September 10, 9 pm ET/PT on Showtime.