GUANTANAMO BAY — I wasn’t feeling 100 percent yesterday, so I made the mistake of not reporting Number 11′s disclosure that as early as November 2002, there was a discussion at Guantanamo Bay about repatriating Omar Khadr to Canada. (Embarrassingly, I thought I put that in my post yesterday but clearly I didn’t.) “He knew if he was cooperative it would expedite his repatriation back to Canada,” was the quote from Number 11 that we all here made sure we heard correctly. Canada didn’t and hasn’t wanted him back, for its own political purposes. So read Michelle Shephard and Steven Edwards and Paul Koring, Canadian reporters all, for subtle and well-contextualized reports on the implications of that revelation.

I have some speculation about its further implications that I don’t feel comfortable putting at the Washington Independent, because it’s so speculative. But that’s what this place is for, so I may publish something here later on. The hearing gets underway at 7:30.

Also: Peter Finn had to fly back to D.C. yesterday, but before he left, he filed this beast of a piece getting Geoff Morrell to confirm on the record that the Office of Military Commissions is seeking a plea deal in Khadr’s case. The stated reasoning he got from anony-officials is that the government doesn’t like the optics of having the first military commission of the Obama era be against someone who was a juvenile when captured. (Peter adds, addressing something we’ve been talking about at mealtime down here, that the commissions moved forward with Khadr after Eric Holder gave the go-ahead to return to five commissions cases earlier this year because his was the most developed case. Which is a simple explanation.) Another reason, however, might be because the government doesn’t want to risk losing a suppression motion that would become something-like-precedent for additional commissions, thereby potentially  jeopardizing the viability of the military commissions.