OTTAWA - A Liberal employee was behind the Vikileaks30 Twitter account, Liberal leader Bob Rae said today.
Rae offered a full apology to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews for the account, which made public personal details of Toews divorce file.
"On behalf of the Liberal Caucus, I wish to apologize to Minister Toews and Speaker Scheer for the improper use of a parliamentary account and for sharing personal information intended to embarrass Minister Toews," Rae said.
Rae said the employee had resigned and that his behaviour was not sanctioned by the Liberal Party of Canada.
Rae later named the staffer as Adam Carroll. Caroll was a parliamentary assistant to MP Bonnie Crombie before the 2011 election.
Crombie lost her seat in Mississauga, and Carroll was since hired to work in the Liberal Research Bureau.
Rae said he was informed of the identity of the Vikileaks30 account owner Sunday and met with Carroll this morning.
He said Carroll was very upset by Toews’ comment accusing a Liberal MP who was critical of Toews’ internet security bill of supporting child predators.
But Rae said that is no excuse.
"Nastiness begets nastiness," said Rae. "At some point it has to stop."
Rae made the announcement after Toews rose on a question of privilege saying his abilities as a parliamentarian had been affected by the Twitter account.
House Leader Peter Van Loan accepted the apology and offered an apology to the NDP for blaming one of its staffers for the twitter account.