The Canadian general says the army commonly uses a wide range of jargon, acronyms and pseudonyms, but did not know about the use of code names that suppress the release of documents.
Chief of Defense Staff Jonathan Vance stepped up today at a pre-trial hearing of his second commander, Deputy Admiral Mark Norman.
The former Navy commander has been charged with a number of breaches of trust and is accused of escaping the secret of the cabinet in connection with a $ 668 million lease for the lease of a shipping navy for the Navy.
Today, Vance was grilled by Norman's lawyer Marie Heinen, who struggles with the government to get documents about her client's defense.
In response to earlier testimony that suggested that the army deliberately used code names to suppress the publication of documents, Vance portrayed the sharp differences between widespread use of military words and the deliberate use of words "submissive" to prevent keyword searches.
"If there is an ominous effort, if someone uses something totally unrelated to normal folk languages to try and bury communication, it would be very serious and would be a problem in terms of access," he said.
On Tuesday, a lawyer compiled a list of words used in the Norman link, including Kracken, MN3, C34, and The Boss. Vance said he did not see anything on the list that would qualify as a code word.
"That would be the norm," he said.
Vance for the first time refused to use code words in an interview for CBC News in December 2018 when he said he was shocked by the proposal the soldiers used to deliberately arrest documents. That December 21, 2018, an article where he said he would be "disgusted" if it were true was written as an exhibit in court.
Following testimony, Vance said he had sent his interest to his Deputy Minister. When he saw the list of names potentially used in the documents, he asked for the retrieval of documents to be restarted to meet the defense team's request for complete documentation.
Quick call with PM
Earlier, Vance told the court that he had spoken to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the Norman case of breach of trust.
A short challenge arose after the Chief Executive General met with RCMP officials on the case. Vance also met with Trudeau's chief secretary and head of staff to inform the Office of what he learned from the RCMP on 9 January 2017.
Vance testifies to a preparatory hearing for his second commander, Deputy Admiral Mark Norman.
He said all his communication with Trudeau and his staff was verbal, and he had no notes for the interviews.
"I have no record," the court said.
The Koruna claims that Norman, a former Navy commander, has escaped information about the results of the Liberal Cabinet's decision to delay the leasing project in November 2015, shortly after the Liberals took office.
The government eventually switched to a leasing arrangement, but launched a police investigation into the leak.
Focus on paper trace
Prejudice is focused on a paper trail around the case, and Norman's lawyers accused the government of refusing the record of the case.
Today, boxes with multiple copies of each document were brought to court: one copy was edited, the other marked for editorial, and the third copy remained clean.
Norman lawyers on Tuesday surrendered a list of aliases used by lawyers in case-related documents, so some documents will not be captured when searching for keywords.
Former Secretary of State Scott Brison's lawyers also attended the meeting and brought a new set of emails from Nova Scotia MP's private account, which has not yet been submitted to court.
The search before the lawsuit was also heard by Patsy Bradley, who drafted a demanding process to identify and collect thousands of case-related documents, while at the same time protecting the attorney-client privilege and personal privacy.
She rejected the suggestion that the use of code words would serve to hide the relevant documents and insisted that the search terms are broad enough to capture the necessary documents.