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U.S. spied at G20 summit in Toronto in 2010, and Canada knew: CBC report


 

TORONTO – The United States reportedly conducted widespread surveillance while world leaders were gathered in Toronto for the G20 summit in 2010 and that Canada knew about it.

CBC’s The National reported Wednesday on documents it said were leaked by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The national broadcaster said the briefing notes show Canada allowed the National Security Agency to conduct the operation out of its Ottawa embassy during the the 2010 G8 and G20 summits.

The report said one briefing note describes the NSA plans and said they were “closely co-ordinated with the Canadian partner.” Canada’s counterpart is Communications Security Establishment Canada.

There’s no word on specifics of the spying operation. The documents describe part of the mandate as “providing support to policymakers.”

A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the government would not comment on “operational matters related to national security.”

“Our security organizations have independent oversight mechanisms to ensure that they fulfil their mandate in accordance with the law,” Jason MacDonald said in an email to The Canadian Press.

A spokeswoman for Communications Security Establishment Canada said it could not comment on the operations of Canada or its allies.

“Under the law, CSEC does not target Canadians anywhere or any person in Canada through its foreign intelligence activities,” the spokeswoman, Lauri Sullivan, told The Associated Press. “CSEC cannot ask our international partners to act in a way that circumvents Canadian laws.”

Past documents leaked by Snowden revealed Canada had hacked into phones and computers in Brazil’s department of mines.


 
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U.S. spied at G20 summit in Toronto in 2010, and Canada knew: CBC report

  1. I am utterly disgusted that my government would condone these actions that if a citizen acted the same way towards another, well, their punishment when caught would likely be jail!

    The government is a collection of citizens. Why do they get off scot free?

    • Your “utter” disgust is funny. You don’t even know what was done.

      Do you not understand that societies need to permit certain people and organizations to do things that ordinary “citizens” cannot do? For example, police are able to set up roadblocks and stop strangers for questioning randomly (R.I.D.E.). Clearly, you and I cannot do that.

      Fool.

      • I love the Internet, responses from all over the world. What are you Russian or American?

        Here in Canada police are not able to “set up roadblocks” (we have check stops with a question and a glance, no probable cause, no bothering anyone) there is no randomly stopping & questioning people, without direct cause.

        Now leave the adults to their discussion.

        • In Canada spot check police randomly pull over drivers and ask questions of them like “Where have you been?” and “Have you beef drinking?”. They can force you to provide a breath sample and perform any kind of roadside sobriety tests they wish. All without cause and completely randomly. They are given this extraordinary power because the authorities have decided that it is in the public interest to do so.

          Now, what have the security apparatus been doing that so outrages you? Oh, that’s right, you have no idea.

          Now let rational people get on with thier informed opinions and stop tilting at windmills.

          • Sadly misinformed you are. Police here do not randomly stop people and cannot “force” anything with out a “REASONABLE SUSPICION.” I am so glad for those police cruiser cameras.

            As to what I understand about the “security apparatus,” well, it isn’t any of your business.

  2. “the government would not comment on “operational matters related to national security.”

    ok… PROVE that what was done was in fact ‘a matter of national security’ to Canada!

    betcha can’t …

    Just have to love this syntax.. is most likely the truth though…
    ” Canada allowed the National Security Agency to conduct the operation out of its Ottawa embassy.” Is that the Canadian embassy or does the NSA have it’s own embassy in Ottawa?

    • Canada doesn’t have an Ottawa embassy (why would we?). So presumably they are talking about the US embassy – but we (as in CSEC) were apparently aware of and OK with the spying.

  3. “CSEC cannot ask our international partners to act in a way that circumvents Canadian laws.”
    However, if they ask us nicely if they can break our laws we say “Have at ‘er!”

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