The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia published the
following statement on its website, attributing it David Hicks
and issued on his release from an Adelaide prison Saturday
through his lawyer, David McLeod.
"I had hoped to be able to speak to the media but I am
just not strong enough at the moment, it's as simple as that.
I am sorry for that.
"As part of my conditions of release from Guantánamo Bay,
I agreed not to speak to the media on a range of issues before
March 30, 2008. It's my intention to honor this agreement as I
don't want to do anything that might result in my return
"So for now, I will limit what I have to say
I will say
more at a later time.''
Hicks also reportedly said he recognized "the huge debt of
gratitude that I owe the Australian public for getting me
home. I will not forget or let you down.''
"Right now I am looking forward to some quiet time with my
wonderful Dad, my family and friends. I ask that you will
respect my privacy as I will need time to readjust to society
and obtain medical care for the consequences of five and a
half years at Guantánamo Bay.
"I have been told that my readjustment will be a slow
process and should involve a gentle transition away from the