Spy Watchdog Decries 'Misinformation' Flowing from Recent Document Leaks

By Bronskill, Jim | The Canadian Press, December 9, 2013 | Go to article overview

Spy Watchdog Decries 'Misinformation' Flowing from Recent Document Leaks


Bronskill, Jim, The Canadian Press


Spy watchdog decries 'misinformation'

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OTTAWA - The watchdog over the national eavesdropping agency says many recent leaks about the Five Eyes intelligence network are being taken out of context by the media.

Jean-Pierre Plouffe, who keeps an eye on Communications Security Establishment Canada, or CSEC, says the leaked tidbits often then become misinformation.

Plouffe told senators on the national security and defence committee that he aims to clarify such information so that it is no longer promoted as myth.

Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency, CSEC's American counterpart, is making almost daily headlines with a cache of leaked documents.

Material disclosed by Snowden suggests Canada helped the United States and Britain spy on participants at the London G20 summit in 2009.

Other documents indicate CSEC once monitored Brazil's department of mines and energy.

In the House of Commons recently, Opposition leader Tom Mulcair pressed the government on whether CSEC or anyone else in the Canadian government authorized the U.S. NSA to spy on Canadian soil.

However, Plouffe, who assumed the watchdog's post in October, seemed to play down such allegations.

"The information provided by Mr. Snowden made the news, often very sensational in the media," he told senators. …

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