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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hillary "Wink Wink Nudge Nudged" NAFTA?

This Canadian plot to overthrow the United States gets even funnier. Today, the source of the NAFTA Memo leak (the one that said Obama's campaign told the Canadian government his tough talk on NAFTA was just for the election) was identified as the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, Ian Brodie, seen here on the left in a photo by the Globe.

But, ein minute, bitte. It gets better. According to the Globe, Brodie initially said the CLINTON campaign was the one downplaying the tough talk on NAFTA:

"Mr. Brodie, apparently seeking to play down the potential impact on Canada, told the reporters the threat was not serious, and that someone from Ms. Clinton's campaign had even contacted Canadian diplomats to tell them not to worry because the NAFTA threats were mostly political posturing.

The news agency quoted that source as saying that Mr. Brodie said that someone from Ms. Clinton's campaign called and was 'telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt.'"

According to the Globe, this all happened February 26 after a Prime Minister News Conference. Suddenly, then, it gets changed to the OBAMA campaign:

"The story was followed by CTV's Washington bureau chief, Tom Clark, who reported that the Obama campaign, not the Clinton's, had reassured Canadian diplomats.

Mr. Clark cited unnamed Canadian sources in his initial report.

There was no explanation last night for why Mr. Brodie was said to have referred to the Clinton campaign but the news report was about the Obama campaign. Robert Hurst, president of CTV News, declined to comment."

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed yesterday to use whatever investigative means necessary to find the source of leaks that, he said, were 'unfair' to U.S."

Nice to know the Canadians are on the case.

Update: Canada's Globe newspaper points out today that CTV originally reported that both the Clinton AND Obama campaigns downplayed the tough talk on NAFTA:

"Sources who overheard that conversation say he specifically mentioned that Canadian diplomats did get assurances from the Clinton camp — and he never raised Mr. Obama's name.

That begs the question: why was Ms. Clinton's name raised at all?

Mr. Brodie does not deny downplaying the Democrats' anti-NAFTA rhetoric in a conversation with CTV, but he says he cannot recall mentioning any specific presidential candidate.

Ms. Clinton's team reacted furiously to the Brodie story and offered the Canadian government 'blanket immunity' to publicly release the name of any campaign official who might have offered such back-channel assurances."

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