Up until now every day seems to bring a new revelation of Toronto’s fun-loving politics and drug underworld family, the Fords. Yesterday, after calling the Toronto media a “bunch of maggots”, Mayor Rob Ford denied the very existence of the purported video at the center of the evolving scandal. But today, the Globe and Mail reports the story is moving to a whole new and potentially terrifying level – much more serious but no less bizarre.Two sources have confirmed to the paper that Toronto police last week interviewed a senior member of Mayor Ford’s staff in regards to a murder that may be related to the video of Mayor Ford smoking crack.
The details are a little complicated here so bear with me.
From the beginning of the scandal, claims about the existence of the video have been tied to a photo of Ford with a man named Anthony Smith, a 21 one year old Torontonian who was gunned down back in March. The new theory is that Smith was originally the owner of the video (perhaps the one who made it?) and that his murder was tied to his possession of it.
Smith’s murder itself isn’t news. As noted, it happened back in March. And photos of Smith and the Mayor surfaced with the first news of the crack smoking scandal. In fact, the alleged current owners of the video (Toronto-based Somali drug dealers, according to Gawker and The Toronto Star) apparently used the photos to establish the bona fides of the video, or at least to confirm that Ford was spending time with crack dealers.
Now here’s one part of the Star story which raises even more questions about what’s going on here …
A senior member of Rob Ford’s office was interviewed by police last week about a tip linking a video allegedly showing the mayor smoking illicit drugs to a recent Toronto homicide, two separate sources have confirmed.
The staffer felt compelled to share the tip, which came to him from someone else in the mayor’s office, with police because it could constitute evidence in a homicide investigation.
If you pick these two paragraph’s apart – the lede of the piece – this information seems to have been circulating within the Mayor’s senior staff. The staffer who went to the police got it from another member of the Mayor’s staff, who it seems did not choose to share the information with the police.