Omar Khadr’s bail release not an issue for U.S., spokesperson says

The U.S. State Department says the release of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr would not harm diplomatic relations between Washington and Ottawa, one of the main arguments federal government lawyers are making to keep the 28-year-old behind bars.

“No,” a department spokesperson told the Toronto Star Friday when asked if his release would have any impact. “The United States has a close and co-operative relationship with the Government of Canada. We maintain continuous discussions on a broad range of issues, including security.”

Khadr is scheduled to be released Tuesday from an Edmonton court after the conditions of his bail are determined by Justice June Ross.