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unredacted subheadings among the papers strongly suggest some of the material may indeed have been sensitive in the wrong hands.
NATO's relationship with a “resurgent Russia,” expansion to the Balkans, Afghan prisoners, arms control in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, AECL reactors in Estonia and the presence of Al-Qaida in Pakistan are just some of the sensitive subjects addressed.
At the time, the Conservatives played down the significance of the information.
House Leader Peter Van Loan told Parliament the material was a “mix of publicly available documents, as well as some classified documents.”
And Margaret Bloodworth, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper's national security adviser, told a House of Commons committee the documents were secret but, on preliminary review, not particularly sensitive.
Some of the blacked out sections in the Bernier papers appear to defy logic.
References to Canada's well-known position on the seal hunt, for instance, are entirely removed. So is much of the information on Canada's position on climate change. So are parts of the routine biography of Condoleeza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state.