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Jun 16, 2013 4:30 PM by Associated Press

Obama chooses lawyer as Guantanamo closure envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has chosen a high-powered Washington lawyer with an extensive government experience to be the State Department's new special envoy for closing down the prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

Officials familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press that Clifford Sloan is the pick to reopen the State Department's Office of Guantanamo Closure. The office was closed in January.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the appointment publicly before a formal announcement Monday.

The move fulfills part of Obama's pledge to renew efforts to close down the prison.

Sloan has served in senior positions in Democratic and Republican administrations and is currently a partner in a Washington law firm.

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