When the call came in to the Star newsroom Wednesday morning, reporter Fakiha Baig answered. Here’s how the conversation played out. The transcript has been edited for space and privacy considerations.
Michael: I’ve needed help for a long time, OK? And nobody will listen. The only way to do this is to create a situation. A crisis, OK? Which is what I’m doing. So I took a hostage. Are you listening to me?
Fakiha: Yes, sir, where are you exactly?
Michael: I know you have me on speaker phone so there’s other people there around now.
Fakiha: It’s just for my recorder, sir.
Michael: OK, so the RCMP . . . along with CSIS, the national security enforcement team, in addition to Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the national security division of the passport program and the (Canada Border Services Agency), are you still there?
Michael: They’ve all, CSIS and the RCMP specifically, have been keeping me under investigation and surveillance for about 15 years now. I know I’m throwing a lot of information out there. Right now I’m just nervous because I have no other way of having anybody listen to me, right? So I also want to say that I do apologize. The person that I took hostage, her name’s Hannah. She’s very very upset. I completely like this woman, I’m literally broken hearted having to do this to her.