Lets see how they react to this.
One of Canada's top forensic-sound analysts says a conversation secretly taped by Tory MP Gurmant Grewal appears to have been altered.
Stevan Pausak told The Canadian Press a 46-second segment of the recording now at the centre of a political storm has an abnormal break that indicates
a portion may have been cut out.
The gap occurs in a recorded phone chat between Grewal and Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh about the possibility of Grewal joining the Liberals in
exchange for an unspecified reward.
"It appears to be altered," Pausak said.
"This brief segment at the beginning shows that it's not continuous, and it should be."
Pausak, a physicist, MIT-trained forensic scientist and former Ontario government expert, provides analysis for court trials through his
Oakville-based company, Forensic Science Services Inc.
He listened to a segment of the tape Thursday at the request of The Canadian Press.
Pausak says there's a discontinuity in the audio file, what he calls a "zero-signal gap" - commonly known as dead air - of about 0.3 seconds. The
signal goes abruptly to zero in that interval, and afterward it continues.
Several tapes surreptitiously recorded by Grewal have been turned over to the RCMP and could potentially be the subject of a criminal
He denied Thursday that he doctored the recordings, copies of which have been posted on his website.
"No, no, no," the Tory MP said when asked if he had tampered with any of the evidence.
"I can't answer any other questions simply because the RCMP is investigating. Let them do their job."
He added nothing else as he hurried away from a group of journalists following him.
The phone conversations and a meeting with Dosanjh and Tim Murphy, Prime Minister Paul Martin's chief of staff, took place on the eve of a confidence
motion that could have spelled defeat for Martin's minority government.
The recordings suggest the Liberals tried to get the support of Grewal and his wife, fellow MP Nina, in exchange for future posts with the federal
The prime minister said he authorized talks between the party and Grewal, but stressed that no job offers were made in exchange for votes.
Dosanjh said Wednesday that some portions of the tapes were altered to take out parts of conversations, and to move other parts to suggest
The tapes and subsequent allegations of tampering have the potential to trigger legal and political nightmares for both the Liberals and the
All transcripts can be found here
[edit on 3-6-2005 by Dulcimer]