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Mystery grows over origin of Layton leak

Two Canadian journalists say that they, too, were leaked the story of Jack Layton’s massage-parlour run-in years ago, raising questions about how the potentially damaging story emerged just days before voters head to the ballot box.

Two Canadian journalists say that they, too, were leaked the story of Jack Layton’s massage-parlour run-in years ago, raising questions about how the potentially damaging story emerged just days before voters head to the ballot box.

Sun News Network reported Friday that, in 1996, the NDP leader was found by police officers in a Toronto massage parlour that police suspected was operating as a bawdy house. Layton, then a city councillor, was cautioned not to return and released without charge, according to Sun’s source, an anonymous retired officer who allegedly found Layton at the parlour.

Layton responded to the reports by saying he was there to get a legitimate massage and had no idea the place was considered to be less than reputable.

On Saturday, National Post columnist Jonathan Kay tweeted that he was approached about the story on Oct. 12, 2008, two days before the last federal election, by someone he described as a “Liberal fixer.”

The individual, Kay says, gave him an electronic copy of a Liberal party lawyer’s Freedom of Information request into the Layton incident. But Kay says the police source behind the story wouldn’t speak to him, and he couldn’t obtain the officer’s notebook himself, so he let the story drop.

“I mention this only because the leak itself has become the story,” Kay tweeted.

“I have no idea who leaked the Layton/massage story this time around.”

Also on Saturday, Warren Kinsella, a columnist for various publications, blogged that he was approached about the story two years ago, but he chose not to pursue it because he believed readers would assume that anyone who reported on it was being manipulated by a political party bent on hurting Layton.

 
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