Pierre Sormany, director of public affairs TV programming at Radio-Canada, said Friday that he is retiring following remarks he posted on Facebook about CTV political analyst Jean Lapierre. "I've been thinking in recent days about the consequences that can arise for Radio-Canada," he said in a Radio-Canada release Friday. He acknowledged "accidental public reporting about personal information I held about analyst and host Jean Lapierre." Sormany added: “I've come to the conclusion that it would be better if I leave the broadcaster through an early retirement.” In comments posted on Facebook, Sormany, an investigative journalist, had drawn links between Lapierre, businessman Tony Accurso and organized crime investigations. Lapierre is now suing Sormany for $250,000 for defamation. Alain Saulnier, director general of information at the broadcaster, said in a release that he accepted the retirement with regret and that Sormany's career was impressive. “He is a journalist of high caliber who is leaving us and his decision is a credit to his professionalism,” he said.