Government probe into Vance allegations ended when

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The Privy Council Office review of an informal complaint of sexual misconduct against Canada’s former top military commander ran into a brick wall nearly three years ago when former military ombudsman Gary Walbourne refused to turn over potentially incriminating emails and the name of the complainant, CBC News has learned.

Without those leads, senior officials appeared unable to pursue concerns raised by the former military watchdog about GenThe insistence of pursuin. Jonathan Vance — but legal experts say Walbourne was under no obligation to cooperate and was ethically bound by aThe back-to-school plan.?ministerial directive to protect a complainant who was not prepared to come forward.

Vance, the former chief of the defence staff, is under investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigative Service (NIS) after Global News reported last week that he had an inappropriate relationship with a female subordinate while he was serving in the military’s top job.?It also reported on a separate allegation that the top commander sent a racy email to another woman of junior rank in 2012.

The House of Commons defence committee?this weekwhich will go into effect on Friday in both regions?opened its own investigation into how the current Liberal government — and the former Conservative government — handled concerns and allegations about the general.

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