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CTV reporter investigated

An Ottawa newspaper reports that military police were called in to investigate after CTV reported embarrassing information about Canada's top military commander in 2011.

Access-to-information documents obtained by CTV showed then-Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walter Natynczyk spent more than $1 million flying on the air force's Challenger jets, and one of the flights included a trip to St. Maarten in the Caribbean.

The Ottawa Citizen says it filed access-to-information requests after a source told the newspaper that the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service was allegedly being used to investigate journalists.

The newspaper says the police report involving CTV is one of several NIS investigations into media outlets it has obtained using the access-to-information law.

The Citizen says the documents it obtained said vice chief of defence staff Vice Admiral Bruce Donaldson called in the NIS to find the source of a possible leak.

However, the NIS documents obtained by the Citizen indicate the investigation found the information contained in Robert Fife's September 2011 report did not contain any that was not already in the public domain.

The Citizen reported that the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal said the military police were used in this case to investigate allegations of breaches of the Code of Service Discipline.

A spokeswoman said CTV News had no comment on the report at this time. It is being reported Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife is under investigation.

The Canadian Press


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