U.S. starts to take no­tice of Khadr pay­out

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

The fed­eral pay­out to Omar Khadr had re­ceived mea­gre at­ten­tion in the U.S. me­dia — un­til now.

The Wall Street Jour­nal pub­lished a scorch­ing op-ed writ­ten by op­po­si­tion MP Peter Kent that’s now gain­ing trac­tion else­where.

The for­mer jour­nal­ist penned a piece ti­tled, “A Ter­ror­ist’s Big Pay­day, Cour­tesy of Trudeau.”

The item de­scribed Khadr killing an Amer­i­can army medic, Christopher Speer, when he was 15 years old and fight­ing along­side al-Qaida in Afghanistan. It ex­plained how Khadr won a court fight in Canada, was repa­tri­ated there, re­leased on bail and then sued the Cana­dian govern­ment for $20 mil­lion.

By Mon­day af­ter­noon his piece was the No. 1 story on the Fox News web­site. Google searches for Khadr’s name were up more than 700 per cent Mon­day in the U.S.

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