jul 062015
 

In the 50s and 60s, Soviet and American spies waged a secret war of espionage across the city of Toronto. At the height of the Cold War, Toronto was the site of an elaborate game of espionage played between the U.S and the Soviet Union, declassified CIA documents show. The records provide new details about how the CIA and the KGB spied on the city’s growing community of eastern European immigrants. And those details came as a surprise to at [lees verder]

apr 082015
 

OTTAWA, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The five nations that make up the world’s leading intelligence-sharing network will meet in London next month to confer on strategies to fight terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks, Canada said on Tuesday. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the so-called Five Eyes – the United States, Australia, Canada, Britain and New Zealand – had scheduled a meeting for Jan 22. A Canadian government official later said the five would actually meet in [lees verder]

apr 082015
 

The review bodies for both Canada’s intelligence agencies are raising concerns about their ability to keep track of the country’s spies. OTTAWA—The review bodies for both of Canada’s intelligence agencies are raising concerns about their ability to keep track of the country’s spies. The warnings come as the Conservatives continue to insist that Canada does not require increased oversight into the Canadian Security Intelligence Service or the Communications Security Establishment. The Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), which reviews CSIS actions, [lees verder]

apr 082015
 

Canada’s embassy in Jordan, which is run by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s handpicked ambassador and former top bodyguard, is being linked in news reports to an unfolding international terrorism and spy scandal. The federal government refused to comment Friday on multiple Turkish media reports that a foreign spy allegedly working for Canadian intelligence – and arrested in Turkey for helping three young British girls travel to Syria to join Islamic State militants – was working for the Canadian embassy in [lees verder]

apr 082015
 

ANKARA, TURKEY — A Syrian former army lieutenant who defected from the military three years ago has become the central figure in a tale of intrigue that ended last month in the flight to the Islamic State of three British schoolgirls. Everyone agrees that Muhammad el Rashed arranged to smuggle the girls to Syria after they’d arrived in Turkey, some of the hundreds of Britons thought to have joined the Islamic State in recent years. What’s less clear is how [lees verder]

apr 082015
 

Canadian spy aided eight more British nationals join ISIS along with three girls The Syrian national suspected of being a spy working for the Canadian intelligence agency, identified as Mohammed al-Rashed, who helped the three British girls cross into Syria through the Turkish border to join the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) also aided another eight Britons join the group, Turkish media reported on Friday. According to Doğan News Agency’s report, the suspect greeted 12 British people, including [lees verder]

apr 082015
 

Ankara: Turkey says it has detained an intelligence agent working for one of the states in the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State for helping three British teenage girls cross into Syria to join the jihadists. The surprise revelation by Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday appeared aimed at deflecting sustained criticism from Western countries that Turkey is failing to halt the flow of jihadists across its borders. “Do you know who helped those girls? He was captured. He was [lees verder]

apr 082015
 

MONTREAL – Turkish authorities say they have detained a spy for helping three British girls join Islamic State, and reports say the detainee worked for Canada’s spy agency. Turkey hasn’t officially identified the spy’s home country. However, foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the spy is from the military coalition against Islamic State and is not from Europe or the United States. Several Turkish media, citing government sources, have said the detained spy was working for Canadian intelligence. Tahera Mufti, spokeswoman [lees verder]

apr 082015
 

Ankara (AFP) – An agent who helped three British schoolgirls cross into Syria to join the Islamic State group was also working as a courier to transfer money to jihadists, a Turkish newspaper reported on Sunday. Media reports in Turkey have said he was working for Canadian intelligence — a claim rejected by Ottawa. The Milliyet newspaper reported that the man, a dentist using the name “Doctor Mehmed Resid”, told Turkish police during questioning that he received the money sent [lees verder]

mei 152014
 

Harper facing criticism from human rights groups The four-page, 2010 framework document, sent to then-Defence Minister Peter MacKay, says when there is a “substantial risk” that sending information to – or soliciting information from – a foreign agency would result in torture, the matter should be referred to the responsible deputy minister or agency head. The four-page, 2010 framework document, sent to then-Defence Minister Peter MacKay, says when there is a “substantial risk” that sending information to – or soliciting [lees verder]

dec 052013
 

Singapore and South Korea are playing key roles helping the United States and Australia tap undersea telecommunications links across Asia, according to top secret documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. New details have also been revealed about the involvement of Australia and New Zealand in the interception of global satellite communications. A top secret United States National Security Agency map shows that the US and its “Five Eyes” intelligence partners tap high speed fibre optic cables at [lees verder]

dec 052013
 

Singapore and South Korea are playing key roles helping the United States and Australia tap undersea telecommunications links across Asia, according to top secret documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. New details have also been revealed about the involvement of Australia and New Zealand in the interception of global satellite communications. A top secret United States National Security Agency map shows that the US and its “Five Eyes” intelligence partners tap high speed fibre optic cables at [lees verder]

nov 132013
 

Amusing to see both NaPo and the G&M hosting remarks from former CSIS deputy director Ray Boisvert dismissing the recent Snowden/Greenwald docs which revealed CSEC spied on Brazil’s Mines and Energy Ministry. Snowden was present at the Five Eyes conference where the CSEC presentation on their Olympia spying program on Brazil took place. Boisvert in both papers: “We were all too busy chasing bad guys who can actually kill people. The idea that we spend a lot of time, or [lees verder]

nov 112013
 

STATEROOM sites are covert SIGINT collection sites located in diplomatic facilities abroad. SIGINT agencies hosting such sites include SCS (at U.S> diplomatic facilities), Government Communications headquarters or GCHQ (at British diplomatic facilities), Communication Security Establishments or CSE (at Canadian diplomatic facilities), and Defense Signals Directorate (at Australian diplomatic facilities). These sites are small in size and in the number of personnel staffing them. They are covert, and their true mission is not known by the majority of the diplomatic staff at [lees verder]

nov 082013
 

The Conservative government says Defence officials have assured it that no listening devices have been found at the former Nortel campus, OTTAWA — The Conservative government says Defence officials have assured it that no listening devices have been found at the former Nortel campus, contradicting previous security concerns raised by both former Nortel and government intelligence employees. Former Nortel employees have contacted the Citizen to say that the listening devices were found when Department of National Defence officials did their [lees verder]

nov 082013
 

Former Nortel campus was subject of decade-long industrial espionage A bird’s eye view of the former Nortel campus in Ottawa, bought by the Department of National Defence in 2010. OTTAWA — Workers preparing the former Nortel complex as the new home for the Department of National Defence have discovered electronic eavesdropping devices, prompting new fears about the security of the facility. It’s not clear whether the devices were recently planted or left over from an industrial espionage operation when Nortel [lees verder]

nov 082013
 

Unlike in Britain and the United States, Parliament is not involved in holding Canada’s intelligence gathering agency to account. Creepy truth: American spies with access to everyone’s data do occasionally succumb to the urge to snoop illegally through their love lives, peering into the private communications of former paramours. Creepier truth: if you’re Canadian, you have no way of knowing whether one of your own spies does it to you. Hypothetically, they don’t. Legally, they can’t. But that’s the problem, [lees verder]

nov 082013
 

A new leak suggests that Canada is using some of its embassies abroad for electronic-eavesdropping operations that work in concert with similar U.S. programs. A U.S. National Security Agency document about a signals intelligence (SigInt) program codenamed “Stateroom” was published this week by Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine. The document, a guide to the program, was among material obtained by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. “STATEROOM sites are covert SIGINT collection sites located in diplomatic facilities abroad,” the leaked document says. [lees verder]

nov 082013
 

Few things can get a government leader into hot water with important international partners faster than getting caught intercepting their mail, literally or electronically, as both President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper can attest. Similarly, few things can be as seductive to government officials as intelligence, and few things more politically risky. What governments can do technologically should not dictate what they will do politically; capacity unbounded by a well-managed overarching political strategy can lead to errors in [lees verder]

nov 082013
 

Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper responds to questions as German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during a joint news conference on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday August 16, 2012. Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand comment Canadian embassies have been used to house equipment that collected signals intelligence as part of a U.S.-led spying effort, according to documents reportedly leaked by whisteblower Edward Snowden. German news magazine Der Spiegel published a series of documents provided by Snowden, a former contractor of [lees verder]