Juliet O'Neill Journalist
Juliet O'Neill is a Canadian journalist who was the subject of controversy when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided her house, in an attempt to find the source of an alleged internal leak giving her access to privileged documents related to the Maher Arar case. In 1996 O'Neill was awarded a Southam Fellowship. She was a reporter with the Ottawa Citizen at the time of the raid, and she had earlier served as a foreign correspondent in Moscow. In 1986, O'Neill was working for the Canadian Press newswire, when she caught international attention for being the only reporter to capture Sondra Gotlieb slapping her social secretary Connie Gibson Connor at a state dinner held to honour Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and US Vice President George H. Bush. On January 21, 2004 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided her house as part of an attempt to identify the leak. The raid seized notebooks, files, hard drives and other materials. In November 2004, Ontario Superior Court Judge Lynn Ratushny ruled that the sealing of the search warrants was unacceptable, although Justice of the Peace Richard Sculthorpe had given approval after the RCMP invoked the Security of Information Act.