Toronto and Ottawa — A mystery lingers after Ontario Lieutenant-Governor James Bartleman's shocking testimony at the Air-India inquiry: Where is the document that he says warned that the bombing would happen within days?If this was indeed the extremely significant foreshadowing of this terrible chapter in Canadian history... how is it that Mr. Bartleman cannot remember whether he passed this critical "intell" up his own "chain of command?"
Behind the traditional secrecy that surrounds national security is polite bafflement.
Several former government officials involved in the case two decades ago said Friday that they could recall nothing of Mr. Bartleman's warning. His lawyer, Paul Cavalluzzo, said Mr. Bartleman cannot recall if he told his superiors about the warning.
I'm not saying it didn't happen... but so far, we're still a couple rounds shy of a full mag.
UPDATE: "Bartleman firing blanks," says boss.
-- OTTAWA -- James Bartleman, Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor, would have been obligated 22 years ago to pass on to his superiors details of the specific threat against Air India Flight 182 that he says he saw days before the plane went down, his former boss said yesterday.**********
LAST WORD: "Put up, or shut up" time...
If his recollection fits the facts, key players in the federal security apparatus were at best negligent and at worst complicit in a cover-up of conspiracy theory proportions.
If he's wrong, a public figure nearing the end of a rags-to-renown career will be horribly embarrassed and perhaps worse.
It's a conundrum demanding resolution.