For the record you can read the online report here. It is a concise, detailed report prepared by the Departmental Security Officer and two outside security consultants from BMCI Investigations.
Since we already knew most of the details about the scandal, what intrigued me about the Friday release (Tories always release bad news on Fridays) was the various headlines used by our national media.
There seems to be some confusion about whether the "Bernier Affair" hurt our country's reputation or whether it tarnished our country's reputation.
- CBC - Country's reputation tarnished over Bernier document loss: report
- Macleans- Federal report says Bernier document loss tarnished Canada's reputation
- CNEWS - Bernier affair tarnished Canada's reputation
- CTV - Bernier hurt Canada's reputation: gov't report
- Globe - Bernier's loss of documents hurt Canada's reputation: report
- Globe - Bernier's loss of paper tarnished Canada's reputation, report says
- Globe - Ottawa faults Couillard for lost dossier
- National Post - Bernier caused no 'significant injury' to nation: report
- Gazette - Bernier report out
While the possible unauthorized disclosure of the contents of the classified briefing notes, would not have caused significant injury to the national interest; it has to be acknowledged that the incident itself was injurious to the national interest by tarnishing Canada's good reputation within NATO circles for safeguarding classified information.In my opinion having Harper and his arrogant alliance representing Canada, both hurts and tarnishes our country's reputation.
At the same time, it is considered probable that the incident will be perceived by external observers as the result of careless handling of classified information by an individual rather than a systemic failure of the Government's regime for protecting classified information.
But hey look where I post.
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Have a great long weekend.