Dick Smith: Give Hicks a go

Adventurer and businessman Dick Smith has approached his friends to try to get a job for self-confessed terrorism supporter David Hicks.

Mr Smith also has urged the former Guantanamo Bay inmate to tell his story to the Australian public and is appealing for Australians to keep an open mind about him.

“I’ve said to him that he should tell the full story to the Australian people,” Mr Smith said yesterday.

“He wants to do that and he’s going to do that but he’s not ready to do that yet.

” … I’m asking Australians to listen, to have an open mind, not just believe the Americans and when he tells the story, then make up their own minds.”

A gag order imposed on Hicks as a condition of his plea deal with the US military commission that last year found him guilty of providing material support for terrorism, expires at the end of this month.

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