Believing he lacked the “backbone” for the job, the British government opposed the nomination of Canada’s former top soldier Gen. Ray Henault to head NATO’s key military committee, according to a U.S. embassy cable obtained by APTN National News.
The Stephen Harper government was exploring ways to have Canadian military trainers work with Afghan security forces in Russia as part of a wider plan to significantly downgrade Canadian involvement in Afghanistan and shift focus to the rebuilding of Haiti, according to “confidential “U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by APTN National News.
A new batch of WikiLeaks cables includes some interesting details about the botched raid in 2004 of Kanesatake.
Apparently impressed with her work, the U.S. government tried to entice Auditor General Sheila Fraser to take a job as the United Nation’s top auditor, according to a “confidential” diplomatic cable obtained by APTN National News.
Canadian authorities were frustrated with the government of Niger and feared they were being fed misleading information by the country’s national police force during the first weeks of the investigation into the 2008 kidnapping of United Nations envoy Robert Fowler and his special assistant Louis Guay, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable obtained by APTN National News.
Canadian authorities lacked the ability to deal with dirty bombs and “improvised nuclear devices” during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games and turned to the U.S. to deal with the threat, according to “secret” U.S. diplomatic cables containing a Canadian shopping list to the U.S. military.
Quebec authorities requested help from the F.B.I. after “gun slingers” from Colorado arrived in Kanesatake, the Mohawk community at the centre of the Oka crisis, to back a “resistance” force that sprung after a federally-funded raid of the territory ended in disaster, according to diplomatic cables obtained by APTN National News.
A part-time security guard was put under 24 hour surveillance after the RCMP received an anonymous letter claiming the man was linked to Osama bin Laden and planned to bomb the Montreal Metro system along with U.S. embassy, according to a “secret” diplomatic cable obtained by APTN National News.
Residential school apology rare ‘consensus’ moment during centralized, secretive Harper minority rule: U.S. diplomatic cable
When an “instinctively combative” Stephen Harper reached across party lines to deliver the historic apology to Indian residential school survivors, it marked a rare moment when he attempted “consensus” during a centralized and secretive minority rule, according to a blunt assessment contained in a “secret” U.S. diplomatic cable obtained by APTN National News.