WASHINGTON — Two dozen federal employees who had contact with John Walker Lindh in Afghanistan or on a Navy ship have agreed to talk to the lawyers defending him on charges of conspiring to kill Americans abroad and helping terrorists, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The defense had asked to talk to 77 people they thought might support their contention that Lindh never meant to hurt his countrymen and was mistreated before he gave statements to the FBI that form the bulk of the case against him. Fifty-one military and FBI employees declined to be interviewed.
Lindh's lawyers also can seek to subpoena government employees who choose not to cooperate. They've already filed such a request in the case of a CIA employee, identified in court documents as CS-1, who was present during a prison riot in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, when CIA officer Johnny "Mike" Spann was killed and Lindh was wounded after being captured with Taliban fighters.
The eight-page report, filed by prosecutors in U.S. District Court in suburban Alexandria, Va., came as both sides told U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III they were having trouble meeting the schedule he has set.