Whoopsie ... this is going to put a crimp in someone's bloodlust:
New witness account shows Khadr charges should be dropped: lawyers
Say what? Let's read on:
Lawyers for Omar Khadr called on U.S. authorities Monday to dismiss a murder charge against the Canadian, saying a newly revealed eyewitness account that had been covered up by the Pentagon casts doubt on the official version of events.
Khadr, now 21, is charged with hurling a grenade that killed American Sgt. Christopher Speer during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2002. He's been in custody at a U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since then.
According to the original U.S. military version of events, Khadr ambushed American soldiers with a grenade following a four-hour fight at a mud compound in Afghanistan.
Pentagon officials later backtracked slightly after it was revealed nobody witnessed Khadr throw the grenade. Pentagon officials said an eyewitness wasn't needed, because Khadr was the only al-Qaeda fighter left alive and the only person who could have thrown the grenade.
Sounds pretty clear cut to me. So what's the problem? Oh ...
However, a classified document, inadvertently released to reporters at the military prison by a Pentagon official Monday, provides a different eyewitness account of the events.
A U.S. soldier at the battle said in sworn testimony that two al-Qaeda fighters were alive after the fatal grenade attack.
Oh. Dear. Yeah, it has to be annoying when that top-secret, classified evidence that might clear your detainee accidentally gets out. Who the fuck let that happen?
In any event, we can now all relax and look forward to an animated round of the Blogging Tories explaining how all this doesn't make any difference. After all, when you've invested that much spittle and fleck pronouncing someone guilty and calling for his head on a stick, having to admit you might have been wrong just ruins your whole day.
And, besides, it's not the Blogging Tory thing to do.