Meanwhile, at committee...

A Foreign Affairs official directs blame at the military leadership.

Cory Anderson, a diplomat with three years’ experience on the Afghan file, told a Commons committee today the May, 2007, revamp of Canada’s detainee transfer agreement with Afghanistan was instrumental in improving the ability to track and monitor detainees transferred by Canadian soldiers.

But he went on to criticize the military for repeatedly declining to use close connections to Afghanistan’s intelligence service to make it easier for diplomats to conduct inspections that ensure transferred prisoners aren’t tortured. Mr. Anderson said the revamped May, 2007, agreement resulted in a two-tier system that left Foreign Affairs to fend for itself in monitoring.

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