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Mar 10, 2017

Lindsay Wade Goes Toe-to-Toe with Senate Committee Over Visa Foils

Lindsay Wade

Our coverage this week of Wednesday’s Senate Inquiry has been extensive, but tonight, we touch on two more issues.  A combative Lindsay Wade directly challenged the Senate panel on his guilt or innocence in relation to the removal of eight visa foils from the Western Border office where he worked in 2012. Wade, who says he has never been questioned about the matter, contends that he is being unjustly accused based on second- or third-hand information that was not verified by the Audit Department. He says the fault for the theft rests solely with his superiors and practically demanded that they be called – or re-called to face up to it.

 

Lindsay Wade, Former Immigration Officer, Western Border

“Any third or second-hand information that says I took, issued or sell any visas – that’s a lie. While working at the Western border I didn’t sell, issued, took any visas while working there. The supervisors issued visas. I didn’t get to look at the visas, much more, issued or sell or took.”

 

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“The point I was trying to make, I’m not accusing you.”

 

Lindsay Wade

“Yeah, but then you are saying Mr. Middleton say. You should have brought him here first. If he had come here and said I say or he saw me and you come and say Mr. Middleton say, what could I say? But he is not here and I don’t know him.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“I understand you are upset, because your name is being call in this. But I’m not being adversarial with you. If you let me finish then you will understand the point.”

 

Lindsay Wade

“Yeah, but I am not standing for any comment that say I stole any visa.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“That is what I am saying to you.”

 

Lindsay Wade

“Exactly that’s what you are saying, ‘I stole some visa.’”

 

Aldo Salazar

“Listen to me, the point I am making that an allegation has been made. I am not saying that you stole the visas. More than one person has said…”

 

Lindsay Wade

“So why isn’t the person here who made the allegations?”

 

Aldo Salazar

“Can you listen? I’m going to ask the questions. You are going to be asked to answer them.”

 

Lindsay Wade

“You made a statement earlier. That’s not a question.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“This is the question: you are aware that you are being blamed by more than one person for stealing the visas?”

 

Lindsay Wade

“More than one person, who?”

 

Aldo Salazar

“Mr. Tench has said it. Mr. Leslie has said it in his…”

 

Lindsay Wade

“Mr. Leslie is clearly making a report on what he has heard. Mr. Tench is the only person stating my name. Right? I listened to the persons earlier.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“Listen to what I am saying to you: the allegation has been made by Mr. Tench, which is contained in a report of Mr. Leslie, which the Auditor General has reproduced in her report. So it’s in the report of the Auditor General; it’s in a report of Mr. Leslie; it’s in Mr. Tench’s testimony.”

 

Lindsay Wade

“First of all, no second or third-hand information should be in a report like this.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“That’s a different matter.”

 

Lindsay Wade

“Right? It should be followed up by black and white.”

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