Richard Colvin's scathing rebuttal...

December 16, 2009

Today, diplomat Richard Colvin is striking back at government and military officials who questioned his reports on Afghan detainees.

You might recall the story unfolding over the past few weeks. Colvin said that during his posting in Afghanistan in 2006-2007, he raised concern about prisoners turned over to Afghan authorities by Canadian forces.

His concern was that Afghan authorities were torturing the detainees after Canadian soldiers handed them over.

A Parliamentary Committee in Ottawa is looking into Colvin's claim that his warnings went unheeded. The federal government has denied those allegations - and some officials questioned Colvin's credibility.

This morning, he filed a scathing reply, including, "I am not a whistle-blower, rather I am a loyal servant of the Crown, who did his job in Afghanistan to the best of his abilities."

And he said a lot more. You can read it all here.

And, click on Listen Online to hear James Cudmore's report.

You can bet there will be a ton of reaction on this today and tomorrow. The NDP has already spoken up. Prime Minister Stephen Harper leaves for Copenhagen today, so we'll see what reaction comes out of the PMO. You can follow the story online as it develops.

Nicole Ireland, Producer, World Report

Nicole Ireland, Producer, World Report