Senator Leo Housakos, reporter Althia Raj spar on Twitter over leak allegations

​A well-known Parliament Hill reporter named a high-profile senator as the source of last year's Senate spending audit leak, starting off a lively spat on Twitter Tuesday evening.

Auditor General Michael Ferguson tells committee he wasn't to blame for leak of spending audit

Senate Speaker Leo Housakos adamantly denies that he was the source of the Senate audit leak last year. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

​A well-known Parliament Hill reporter named a high-profile senator as the source of last year's Senate spending audit leak, starting off a lively spat on Twitter Tuesday evening.

Before diving into Tuesday's quarrel, here's a quick refresher:

And that's where things picked up on Tuesday.

Raj jumped in on Twitter saying Ferguson is right to deny the blame, because she says Housakos is the source.

The Conservative senator was quick to defend himself, accusing Raj of a smear campaign. 

Althia fired back saying Housakos was "lying."

Housakos then demanded she provide an apology to her readers.

Neither has responded since around 5 p.m. ET.

Althia Raj, left, is a regular commentator on CBC. She's pictured here with At Issue commentator Chantal Hébert. (CBC)


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