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Canadian officials under sway: Spy chief
Thu, 24 Jun 2010 17:46:15 GMT
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CSIS director Richard Fadden
Canada's top intelligence official has revealed that some cabinet ministers from two provinces are being influenced by foreign governments.

While it's not common for intelligence and spy officials to speak to media, Richard Fadden, the Director of Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) has revealed some details about the service in an interview with CBC on Tuesday.

In the interview, he expressed his concerns over close relationships that have been established between some political figures of a few provinces — including British Colombia — and foreign countries.

Fadden said that these officials who are also in critical positions make decisions that do not serve the interest of Canada and but are based on priorities of other nations.

These remarks come at a time when Canada is preparing for the G8 and G20 summits that are to be held in the country on 25-27 June.

National security expert Wesley Wark expressed shock that Fadden made these allegations public. He said that such remarks can dangerously put CSIS in the front line of a critical and sensitive political issue.

Wark, who is a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, however called Fadden's remarks serious allegations from a credible source that should raise concerns among the Canadian public.

Fadden has announced that the officials who have been spying for foreign governments have concealed their relationships with them but he added there are evidences that show they have changed their public policies attempting to cooperate with foreign governments.

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