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The set-up

Canada’s international reputation has been “eroded” in some key foreign policy areas, including fostering environmental sustainability and helping countries build stronger democracies, senior Foreign Affairs department officials are telling their next minister.

The Canadian Press has obtained a briefing note, marked “secret” and finalized last week, in which senior bureaucrats are urging their next political boss to make some changes to the current foreign policy of the Conservative government.

The leak is the latest in a series in recent days from the normally sealed senior ranks of Foreign Affairs in which top officials are candidly calling for some new directions for Canada on the world stage.

… and the punchline.

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs is miffed its employees are leaking classified internal documents to the media and wants them to stop, according to a newly leaked email excerpt obtained by VICE News.

According to the email sent yesterday from senior Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) officials to ministry staff regarding “Unauthorized disclosure of information,” recent leaks of “sensitive” internal documents to media outlets are “harmful to the hundreds of thousands of public servants who cherish the public service values of neutrality and loyalty.”

“[W]e urge you to think about the damage this inflicts on your colleagues, our institution, the Public Service of Canada, and on yourself. Any individual found to be involved in such violations will face serious consequences,” the statement concludes.

Somehow, I don’t think the person or people leaking these emails is worried.