The Mauritanian's Canadian connection: What the film about Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi left out | CBC News
Mar 01, 2021 1 min, 57 secs

The film, which will be widely released in Canada Tuesday, is bringing new attention to Salahi's treatment by the Americans.

But what viewers won't see is any depiction of his experience in Canada, where Salahi lived for a short time that he described as a "nightmare.".

In an interview with The National's Adrienne Arsenault, Salahi said he believes Canadian security forces' surveillance of him is what landed him in Guantanamo in the first place. .

Salahi said he believes it was Canadian intelligence agents trying to bug his apartment, but that was never confirmed.

WATCH | Salahi describes his time in Montreal:.

In January 2000, shortly after that experience, Salahi left Montreal and returned to Mauritania to see his sick mother. .

started using its Guantanamo Bay military base as a detention centre for its terror suspects, and it wasn't until two years later that the Supreme Court ruled detainees held there could legally challenge their imprisonment. .

When it came to Salahi, the Americans contended he was a recruiter for al-Qaeda.

In his memoir, Salahi wrote that agents he believed were from CSIS and the RCMP came to Guantanamo to interrogate him about his time living in Canada.

Based on some of the questions asked by his American interrogators, Salahi said he now thinks Canadian security services were actually the reason for his capture and detention —that they passed information about him to their American counterparts. .

He says the Americans ended up grilling him over a phone conversation he had in Montreal that he believes they had heard about from Canadian agents.

WATCH | Salahi on why he suspects some of his Guantanamo interrogators were Canadian:.

After extracting confessions from Salahi, the Americans eased pressure on him, and he was able to spend some of his time writing about his experiences. .

For years, his lawyers have been trying to obtain any evidence Canada gathered or shared with the Americans

WATCH | Salahi on what he hopes to get from Canadian authorities:

The Mauritanian's director, Kevin Macdonald, said he didn't include the Canadian aspect of Salahi's life story because he wanted to focus the movie around Salahi's time in Guantanamo, but that doesn't mean he thinks the role of the Canadian security services doesn't warrant examination. 

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