MIAMI (AP) - A Yemeni captive in isolation at the Guantanamo Bay prison acknowledges being Osama bin Laden's $200-a-month driver in Afghanistan but denies being a member of al-Qaida, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.
"He fully admits that he was an employee of Osama bin Laden" from 1997 until the U.S. attack on Afghanistan in 2001, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift told the newspaper. "He worked for Osama bin Laden solely for the purpose of supporting himself and his family."
Swift, a lawyer, has been assigned to represent the captive, 34-year-old Salim Ahmed Salim Hamdan.
Pentagon policy has prohibited troops and civilians at the Navy base in Cuba from disclosing specifics about prisoners being held there.