This is the stuff I've been waiting for: the behind-the-scenes of The Phantom Menace! It's both canon-correct AND is a VERY slight change in the canon. It's canon-correct because Palpatine clearly knew ambassadors were on the way to Naboo and had obviously been informed of such by Valorum himself, and this is as good a way as any for him to have been told and more interesting than most; it's a very slight change in the canon because the TPM novelization and the Darth Maul journal collectively gave the impression that Sidious did not know the ambassadors were going to be Jedi before the Neimoidians told him they were. It's so slight that it can easily be dismissed by saying that Sidious was play-acting for the Neimoidians (and likely for Maul, since he saw the whole thing) when he appeared surprised or angered by the news. Little things like this are no surprise to me: at least one purpose of the combined project that is this novel, the Maul bio, and the new short stories is to organize and provide overall context to a hell of a lot of information culminating in a retelling of the events of TPM in order to generate interest in the upcoming 3D release, AND make sure it is properly reconciled with the way G-Walt wants things done for TCW episodes we haven't seen yet; you have to expect a few small changes to make the larger picture work and fit better - the revised origin of Maul's tattoos is another example of this; it won't break my back that these changes were made, but it never hurts simply to note that they happened.