David Johnston in three months as cabinet “rapporteur” on Chinese interference awarded millions in sole-sourced contracts to favoured consultants, records show. Payments included fees to a publicist to “identify columnists and key opinion leaders” to promote Johnston.

“The Privy Council Office committed to ensuring the Independent Special Rapporteur had the resources he needed to complete his work,” cabinet wrote in an Inquiry Of Ministry tabled in the Commons. “Funding was provided to support the requirements he identified such as contracted legal services and salary costs.”

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