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National security adviser blames 'coordinated' misinformation for Atwal affair

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OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The prime minister’s national security adviser is testifying before a House of Commons committee about Justin Trudeau’s troubled trip to India.

He is being grilled about how an attempted assassin was able to appear at an official event.

The big issue for National Security Adviser Daniel Jean surrounds a briefing he gave to reporters in which it was reported that he blamed elements of the Indian government for Jaspal Atwal’s attendance at the event.

But Jean tells the National Security Committee he never blamed the Indian government, although he was trying to clear up misinformation that was being spread that the RCMP, CSIS and the High Commission were aware ahead of time about Atwal’s invitation.

“I think that if you have actors who are trying to fabricate a narrative that is totally untrue and are using three of our most respected public institutions to do that, I think that there has to be someone who is neutral who can come in and alert the media on that.”

Jean says reports that the government and law enforcement knew and didn’t act are not true. He calls the invitation a faux pas.