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PM meets U.S. intelligence official 

[PoliticsWatch updated 6:00 p.m. October 17, 2006]

OTTAWA  —  The Prime Ministers Office says a visit to Parliament Hill by the top U.S. intelligence official Tuesday was nothing more than a routine meeting. 
  
Shortly after question period, Prime Minister Stephen Harper met for about  half an hour with John Negroponte, the U.S. national intelligence director, in his Centre Block office. 

The high-level meeting also included U.S. ambassador David Wilkins and Canada's ambassador to the U.S., Michael Wilson

The PMO did not give advance notice about the high-level meeting. 

And Ambassador Wilson did not respond to questions from reporters as he left Parliament Hill after the meeting. 

Carolyn Stewart-Olsen, the PM's press secretary, later told reporters that Negroponte's visit was just a "courtesy call" dealing with security issues. 

Negroponte is the U.S. terrorism and national security czar. His position was created in 2005 as a result of recommendations from the 9/11 commission. 

He is the principal advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush, the National Security Council and the Home Security Council on national security issues. 

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