Buried in a Canadian Press story about the NAFTA controversy is the intriguing notion that all of this began, as ABC News' Jennifer Parker has reported, with the Canadian Prime Minister's chief of staff, Ian Brodie.
CP reports Brodie told a room full of reporters about the Democratic candidates' anti-NAFTA rhetoric that, according to a source, "someone from (Hillary) Clinton's campaign is telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt...That someone called us and told us not to worry."
The original CTV story did mention that low-level Clinton staffers made contact with the Canadian government, but this would seem to imply higher-level contact, if Brodie was chatting about it.
Needless to say, the Clinton campaign denies it. "We flatly deny the report," says Clinton spox Phil Singer. "We did not sanction nor would we ever sanction anyone to say any such a thing. We give the Canadian government blanket immunity to reveal the name of anyone they think they heard from."