Friday, June 10, 2005

June 10, 2005: Edmonton Journal Reports: "Expert" says Tapes Are "Unaltered"

Grewal's tapes deemed 'unaltered' by expert
Edmonton Journal
Friday, June 10, 2005
Page: A5
Section: News
Column: Canada Digest
Dateline: OTTAWA
Source: CanWest News Service

OTTAWA - Three weeks after releasing a snippet of secret recordings made by a Conservative MP in conversation with two senior Liberals, the original tapes have been deemed "unaltered," according to an Ottawa sound expert hired by the Tories to audit the tapes.

But in an interview, Randy Dash, the audio engineer from Ottawa's Algonquin College who conducted the analysis, noted four points on the second of three CDs he examined in which Conservative backbencher Gurmant Grewal appears to have paused the recording device, perhaps to protect sensitive information from being contained in his conversations with Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh and Tim Murphy, Prime Minister Paul Martin's chief of staff, about supporting the government in the May 19 confidence vote.

"There were four points definitely ... If I get nervous about what you and I are saying, I might hit the pause button while it's recording. That's what I detected," Dash said.