Vice-Adm. Mark Norman charged with breach of trust over alleged shipbuilding leak
Vice-Adm. Mark Norman, the second-in-command of the Canadian Forces, has been charged with breach of trust over allegations he leaked news in late 2015 that the Liberal government was considering cancelling a significant shipbuilding project inked earlier that year by the Conservatives.
In a statement issued Friday, RCMP said the charges are a result of an investigation that involved American authorities and that came as the result of a complaint in December 2015, roughly a month after the leak made its way into media reports.
“Following receipt of this complaint, the RCMP sought evidence through a number of judicial authorizations and a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty Request from U.S. authorities,” the statement reads.
“The investigation also involved other investigative measures such as witness interviews, as well as the forensic analysis of a significant number of documents.”
Norman, 54, was formerly head of the Royal Canadian Navy and a fierce critic of bureaucratic delays and government hand-wringing that have caused navy capabilities to atrophy over the last decade.
Norman will appear in court on April 10.
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