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.
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.