Yesterday, Foreign Affairs minister Peter Mackay couldn't hold back and said this:
The latest intelligence suggests four Christian Peacemaker Teams members, including two Canadians, are "very much" alive, MacKay said Monday.Today, he's in a little more pensive mood and now says this:
The men were kidnapped in November and their captors threatened to kill them last month in what they called a final warning. But there is still reason for optimism, MacKay said.
"The most up-to-date information that we have leads us to believe that there will be - and we remain very optimistic - a safe release of these individuals," he said in an interview.
"Sadly, we do not have any more recent information," MacKay told a news conference Tuesday.And some of the real professionals are saying this:
Two Liberals who once were top Foreign Affairs officials said MacKay invited trouble by publicly discussing the hostage crisis.This all confirms one thing. Mackay is a bloody idiot.
It is dangerous to express optimism too boldly because it gives kidnappers additional leverage, said one former official who worked on the hostage file.