RCMP probed F-35 story

A 2010 story about the F-35s by Globe and Mail reporter Daniel Leblanc was investigated for months by the RCMP under the request of the Harper government as a potential breach of national security, the Canadian Press reported. An RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, which typically looks at terrorism threats, was tasked as part of the Security of Information Act to look into allegations that Cabinet documents were leaked. The story showed that government officials were worried about alienating Washington through a competition to replace CF-18s.

Published: Wednesday, 05/23/2012 12:00 am EDT

A 2010 story about the F-35s by Globe and Mail reporter Daniel Leblanc was investigated for months by the RCMP under the request of the Harper government as a potential breach of national security, the Canadian Press reported. An RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, which typically looks at terrorism threats, was tasked as part of the Security of Information Act to look into allegations that Cabinet documents were leaked. The story showed that government officials were worried about alienating Washington through a competition to replace CF-18s.

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