Monday, December 15, 2008

Today's little story is tomorrow's big story

Robert Fowler knows just about every Canadian military and foreign policy secret of the past quarter century. Now he's being held by separatist rebels in Niger, along with an aide and a driver. Fowler was there working for the UN to prevent arms shipments to rebels and bandit groups. Niger, a chunk of Sahara Desert with about 14 million people, is the poorest country in the world.
Fowler is:

ex-DM at National Defence.
ex-member of CSIS's oversight board.
former advisor on military and foreign affairs to Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney.
former Canadian ambassador to the UN and Italy.
well-connected member of the Ottawa mandarinate. His sister is married to former Governor-General Romeo LeBlanc.
Potentially, this is the biggest breach of Canadian security and intelligence since the end of the Second World War.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's a good point.

Still I have a hard time seeing dated CDN govt secrets being worth much on the black market.

Of course if he were an American with a similar background the SEALS/airstrikes would be on the way.