Saturday, 19 Jan 2019

A Canadian legislator with a security extortion target

OTTAWA, Ontario – A Canadian legislator who sat on a parliamentary committee with access to national security intelligence acknowledged Thursday that he had inappropriate online relationships with more than one woman and was the target of two extortion attempts.

Tony Clement was removed from the opposition Conservative caucus this week. He admitted to sending sexually explicit photographs to a woman on Tuesday. On Thursday, he said there were more and that the latest attempt at extortion was made by "foreign actors".

Clement, a former minister, sat on Parliament's National Security and Intelligence Committee, even though he knew for several months that someone was aware of his online behavior and was trying to mess it up.

In a statement, Clement said that an inappropriate swap had led a woman to be offered money by "an anonymous account on a social network in exchange for the disclosure of personal and intimate information ". He said he reported it to the local provincial police, but not to the federal Mounted Police. Despite this, Clément had another "inappropriate exchange" with another woman.

"More recently, another inappropriate exchange has led foreign actors to attempt to use my indiscretion for extortion, which I immediately reported to the RCMP without hesitation or hesitation," he said. he declares.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian government are investigating possible security breaches.

Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for the Canadian Minister of Public Safety, said the RCMP was investigating the extortion attempt and could not comment on the ongoing investigations.

Clement resigned from his position as Conservative Critic of Justice and his term on the committee. He said that he would remain a member of Parliament.

Several people came forward this week to say that Clement had used Instagram to get in touch with many young women and send them a message in private. He spent a lot of time clicking to show that he liked their pictures.

Clément, 57, is married and has three grown children.

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