Newspaper article The Canadian Press

BR-CSIS-Spies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

BR-CSIS-Spies

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OTTAWA - Canada's spy agency is openly warning that Russia and China are out to steal the country's most prized secrets.

While Canada grapples with the problem of jihadi-inspired extremists, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warns it's also preoccupied with the long-standing threat of espionage.

In briefing notes prepared for agency director Michel Coulombe, C-SIS makes the frank statement that Russia and China, in particular, continue to target Canada's classified information and advanced technology, as well as government officials and systems.

The briefing materials were obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act and were intended for use by Coulombe at a March meeting of the Senate committee on national security and defence.

C-SIS officials would not elaborate on specific aspects of investigations, but emphasized that Canada remains a target for the traditional espionage activities of a number of foreign states. …

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