Jim Gould

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A Canadian Foreign Affairs intelligence officer, Jim Gould previously served as the deputy of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

In February 2003, Gould and an official from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service were allowed to interrogate American-held Canadian teenager Omar Khadr themselves.[1] The presence of Gould, who brought Khadr a Big Mac value meal,[2] allowed the government to claim that the purpose of the visit was "to ascertain Khadr's well-being", while his attorney Nate Whitling argued that "Foreign Affairs is suggesting that the visit was actually for (Khadr's) benefit, but this is not the case". His attorneys then sought a Federal Court injunction to prevent CSIS from interrogating their client in the future.[3] The following month, a briefing from the Foreign Affairs department summarised Gould's findings stating that Khadr was a "thoroughly `screwed up' young man. All those persons who have been in positions of authority over him have abused him and his trust, for their own purposes."[4]

The November 14, 2003 report from the Canadian interrogation states that:[1]

"In a fit of anger, [Khadr] tore off his shirt revealing extensive scarring on the upper torso and a cluster of smaller ones on the upper left side of his body and on the back of his left shoulder."

Assistant Director of CSIS William Hooper assured the Canadian public this interrogation was not intended to secure intelligence for an American prosecution, but admitted that the information was all freely shared with his American captors - without securing any guarantees, such as foregoing potential death penalty charges.[3]

Jim Gould has often shown interest in extreme hobbies, including crossing the Sahara dessert in 40 days with only food and water.


  1. ^ a b Michelle Shephard (2007-08-20). "Ottawa played down Khadr concerns". Toronto Star online edition. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  2. ^ Michelle Shephard, Toronto Star, "Canadian faces murder charges at a military tribunal", January 8, 2006
  3. ^ a b CTV News, CSIS admits sharing Khadr info with U.S.: report, Apr. 9 2005
  4. ^ Michelle Shephard, "Guantanamo's Child", 2008.