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The Prime Minister’s Office once defended RCMP Superintendent Bruno Saccomani from controversy as the officer who whipped Stephen Harper’s security detail into an elite squad – and now the Harper government is facing new questions about his unusual appointment as ambassador to a complex Middle East country, Jordan.

It is, in the view of foreign-policy experts and diplomats, a peculiar choice in an odd place. Veterans could not recall another RCMP officer named as an ambassador, and his posting to Amman is neither sumptuous nor simple: the country, key to Middle East stability, is suffering turbulence with its ruler, King Abdullah,...

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