Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mounties affidavit

A redacted affidavit used to obtain a Search Warrant filed in court by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) against Vice Admiral Mark Norman was previously released on April 16, 2017. The search warrant had shown that the then Vice Chief of the Defence Staff had been under RCMP covert surveillance for months prior to his suspension in January 2017. A fuller version of the same affidavit was released earlier this date under court order. The search warrant chronicles the plan to lease a supply ship for the Royal Canadian Navy which was conducted quite outside the regular official procurement framework. Meanwhile, the Globe and Mail, Canada's newspaper, confirms that the RCMP has alleged that VAdm Norman has divulged cabinet secrets to an executive with a Quebec-based shipyard advising him to use the media to pressure the 'Liberals' into approving a $667-million naval supply ship contract.  The Globe and Mail provides a significant number of highlights from the RCMP affidavit.

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