Talisman Energy, the Canadian Foreign Ministry, and the “Pinocchio problem” [or, “Overtime for Hill & Knowlton!”]
[February 9, 2000]
For some time now, Talisman Energy officials have been denying that they had obtained a copy of the Harker report, delivered to Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy on January 26, 2000. And yet a February 7 Reuters newswire report, picked up by a number of Canadian newspapers, directly contradicts this claim.
Reuters cites a government official as saying Talisman had indeed been given a copy of the 120-page confidential document on January 27, 2000—the day after it was received by the Foreign Minister!
Somebody has got a Pinocchio problem: who is an investor to believe???
And leaving the world of bumbling lies, every Canadian with a moral conscience must ask just how far “the problem” extends in the representation of human destruction and suffering in Sudan—
excerpts from report by REUTERS on February 07, 2000 at 20:26:00:
Canada oil firm said in talks on key Sudan report
By David Ljunggren
OTTAWA, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Calgary-based oil firm Talisman
Energy Inc. (TLM.TO) has held talks with several powerful
Canadian government ministries about a potentially damaging
report into its operations in Sudan, officials said on Monday.
“Talisman has been raising the Harker report with several
departments around town,” a ***government official*** told Reuters,
***saying the company had been given a confidential copy of the
120-page document on January 27.***