By Colin Freeze
March 15, 2017
Article from The Globe and Mail
CSIS breaks promise to brief judges about secret data centre
When Canadian intelligence analysts launched a program to warehouse telecommunications data, the top spymaster of his time reassured his minister in a memo that judges would be told about it “at an appropriate juncture.”
Over the next decade, that juncture never materialized. This omission set the stage for a scathing court ruling last fall that shook the credibility of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
The 2006 CSIS memo recently acquired by The Globe and Mail under access to information laws raises questions about whether Canada’s spy service is revealing enough about its intelligence operations to its political bosses and the judges who oversee its wiretap warrants.
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