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Police union boss admits it's his voice on leaked recordings

While Ottawa Police Association President Matt Skof admits it is his voice on the recordings, he says the audio was "purposefully manipulated."
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Ottawa Police Service headquarters on Elgin Street. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

The president of the Ottawa Police Association admits that his voice was caught on tape in some recordings of conversations that were leaked online -- recordings that are now the subject of an OPP investigation.

In a written statement to Postmedia about the recordings, Matt Skof says that "some of them are indeed my voice." He added, he's concerned about the accuracy and context of the recordings.

The audio has been edited to remove the other person in the conversation, but Skof told the paper that the audio was "purposefully manipulated" and is "therefore very inaccurate."

Skof had previously denied that his voice was on the recordings, but wrote that he had been provided inaccurate information.

In the audio, Skof's voice is heard discussing unsubstantiated allegations involving the chair of the Ottawa Police Services Board, Councillor Eli El-Chantiry. Postmedia reports that it has found no evidence to support the allegations, and that some of the allegations were described as inaccurate by a senior police official, weeks before the audio went online.

The audio is the subject of an OPP investigation, at the request of Ottawa's police chief. Earlier this month, Chief Charles Bordeleau said an outside police agency would ensure transparency and impartiality in an investigation, to be focused on the origins of the recordings and the individuals involved.


Jason White

About the Author: Jason White

Jason is an award-winning reporter at CityNews Ottawa. He brings about two decades of experience in news, with stops in Halifax and Toronto.
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