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Fried, Daniel (Guantanamo Closure Czar)

Title: Special envoy to oversee the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay
Reports to: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Departments that handle similar issues: Justice Department; State Department
Duties: Seeks to convince America’s European allies to accept as residents in their countries some of the detainees still imprisoned in Guantanamo


  • Joined the Foreign Service in 1977
  • Worked in the Economic Bureau of the State Department until 1979, when he moved to Leningrad
  • Was transferred to Belgrade for 1982-1985
  • Returned to Washington, DC to serve in the Office of Soviet Affairs
  • Became the Polish Desk Officer at the State Department in 1987
  • Resided in Warsaw, 1989-1993
  • Joined President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council in 1993
  • Became U.S. ambassador to Poland, 1997-2001
  • Was member of President George W. Bush’s National Security Council, specializing in European and Eurasian Affairs, from 2001-2005
  • Was Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs, 2005 to 2009

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