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National Security Intelligence Committee has taken a hit by Clement’s sexting scandal

By Phil Gurski      

Spies and cops are already loath to talk about their work to outsiders and Tony Clement’s escapades could make them more loath, which would be unfortunate because NSICOP is a necessary group that sheds some much needed light into an otherwise dark world. But I also doubt the parliamentary attendees at NSICOP meetings get into the details of security intelligence and law enforcement agencies' sources and methods.

Tony Clement's sexting scandal had an impact on NSICOP, but there is no sign in the public domain that he was targeted because of his membership on the committee, was asked by the extortionist for sensitive intelligence, or handed over such information, writes Phil Gurski. The Hill Times file photograph

OTTAWA—I imagine that most Canadians are already very tired of this story and yet here I am weighing in on it, from the perspective of national security. To sum up this debacle, not that I think anyone does not know the salacious details, MP Tony Clement engaged in what was first a one-off sharing of sexually explicit material online, but which quickly morphed into a series of inappropriate actions. It also seems that he has been subject to extortion/blackmail on at least two occasions and, to his credit, he appears to have alerted the necessary authorities fairly quickly, although the old adage “once burned, twice shy” did not give him pause to reconsider his actions.

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