Omar Khadr is "salvageable" and a "good kid" but a prolonged detention at Guantanamo Bay could turn the Canadian into a radical, say the U.S. soldiers who guard him.Quote has been trimmed
His guards describe him as a "likable, funny and intelligent young man," according to documents from Foreign Affairs, which also state the 21-year-old hopes Canada will get him out of the U.S.-run detention centre in Cuba.
The reports, based on visits to Khadr by department officials in April and March, say American soldiers posted to the detention centre seem "to look out for him by stopping by to chat on occasion, convincing him to meet with his lawyers and encouraging him to 'keep his nose clean.'"
One of the reports is expected to be presented Tuesday to members of the House of Commons subcommittee studying Khadr's case in Ottawa, the Globe and Mail reports.
The U.S. accuses Khadr, the only Canadian detained at Guantanamo Bay, of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. medic in Afghanistan in 2002.
He also faces charges of attempted murder, conspiracy, spying and providing material support for terrorism. He is expected to go on trial this summer before a special military tribunal. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.