The top general of Canada says the military routinely uses a wide range of jargon, acronyms and pseudonyms, but he did not know the use of the codename to suppress the release of documents.
Chief of Defense Staff Jonathan Vance resigned today before his trial for his deputy Admiral Mark Norman.
The former Navy commander has been charged with a breach of trust and has been charged with leaking a cabinet-related secret of $ 668 million for a charter ship supply ship.
Today, Vance was busy with a lawyer, Marie Heinen, who fought the government to get documents relevant to her client's defense.
Responding to a previous testimony that suggested that the military deliberately uses the code names to prevent the publication of documents, Vance made a sharp distinction between the widespread use of military language and the deliberate use of words in an "insufficient" way of avoiding keyword searches .
"If there are some vicious efforts by some to use something completely inappropriate with the normal people to try to bury communications, it would be very serious and would be a problem with the approach," he said.
On Tuesday, the defense team made a list of the words used in the documentation to invite Norman, including Kreken, MN3, C34, and the boss. Vance said he saw nothing on the list that would qualify as the code name.
"This will be a very norm," he said.
Vance denied the use of the codename in an interview with PS News in December 2018, when he said he was shocked by the suggestion that the military used them for the deliberate retention of documents. That article on December 21, 2018, where he said he would be "horrified" if true, was introduced as an exhibition in court.
After testifying, Vance said he had relayed his concerns to his deputy minister. When he saw the list of names that could potentially be used in the documents, he requested that the document search be rebooted to meet the defense team's request for full documentation.
Quick call with the Prime Minister
Earlier, Vance told the court that he spoke only once – and just a few seconds – of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for Norman's violation of trust.
A brief call came after the chief general met with representatives of the RCMP for the case. Vance said he also met with Trudeau's chief secretary and chief of staff to inform the office about what he learned from the CRPM on January 9, 2017.
Vance testified at a pre-trial hearing for his deputy Admiral Mark Norman.
He said that all his communications with Trudeau and his staff were verbal and that he did not take notes about the talks.
"I have no record," he told the court.
The crown argues that Norman, the former Navy Commander, has disclosed information about the results of the Liberal Government's decision to put it on the leasing project in November 2015, shortly after the liberals took office.
The government eventually continued with the leasing agreement, but a police investigation into the leak was initiated.
Focus on the paper path
Before the trial, the hearing focused on a paper trail around the case, and Norman defense lawyers accused the government of retaining evidence relevant to the case.
Today, records were filed in the court with multiple copies of each document: one copy was shortened, the second marked for editing, and the third sample remained clean.
On Tuesday, Norman's lawyer lawyers presented a list of aliases that say defense officials have used the case-related documents so that certain documents will not be captured in keyword searches.
The lawyers of former Cabinet Minister Scott Bruson also took part in the hearing, bringing a new set of emails from the private account of the New Scotland MP who was not yet ready for the court.
The pre-trial trial also heard Patsy Bradley, who set out a painstaking process to identify and collect thousands of documents related to the case, while protecting the privilege and client of a lawyer and personal privacy.
She rejected the proposal that using the codenamed name would hide the relevant documents, insisting that the search terms were wide enough to catch the required documents.