How one man took a nation’s reputation into his own hands

Tease the day: Jeffrey Delisle has Canada’s allies nervous

by Nick Taylor-Vaisey

Andrew Vaughan/CP

Reputations really can turn on a dime, even after decades of work. Canada’s reputation in the international intelligence community has been cast into doubt by a single man, Jeffrey Delisle. We’re now learning that Delisle’s confessed espionage, which included trading classified intelligence to the Russians for modest financial sums over a period of several years, has Canada’s allies nervous. If Canada doesn’t better protect its data, the Globe reports, the country “will lose access to certain intelligence that is provided”—or, in other words, be cut out of the loop. Meanwhile, two Canadians whose existence remains unproven are posing problems in Algeria. The Globe reports today that the unidentified duo, who the Algerians say played a role in the deadly hostage-taking last month, are “of great concern” to American intelligence officials in the region. The paper doesn’t elaborate much on those concerns, and there’s no indication the episode will harm Canada’s reputation in the region. Still, what damage three Canadians can do, even if we’ll only ever be able to name one of them, to the country’s image around the world.


What’s above the fold this morning?

The Globe and Mail leads with former prime minister Jean Chrétien’s “instrumental role” in helping an oil and gas company that would eventually pleaded guilty to bribery charges. The National Post fronts the latest from Canada’s anti-abortion movement, including a protest in B.C. and a request from three Conservative MPs that the RCMP investigate late-term abortions. The Toronto Star goes above the fold with a Competition Bureau investigation of alleged price-fixing at residential construction sites in Toronto. The Ottawa Citizen leads with a Senate order that all Senators who claim primary residences outside of Ottawa prove they maintain those residences. iPolitics fronts a Canadian Press story that says outgoing Canadian Space Agency president Steve MacLean might be leaving his post because of the federal government’s lack of vision on space policyCBC.ca leads with a deadly explosion at the headquarters of Mexico’s state-owned oil company. National Newswatch showcases the Citizen‘s front-page story on Senators’ residences.


Stories that will be (mostly) missed

1. Unionized inmates. The Public Service Labour Relations Board shot down an attempt by working federal inmates in B.C. to form a union, the Canadian Prisoners Labour Confederation. 2. Arctic Council. As Canada gears up to lead the eight-nation Arctic council, environmentalists worry that the feds will push to develop the region’s resources too hastily.
3. Acne meds. Health Canada is reviewing Diane-35, a prescription drug used for birth control and severe acne treatment that’s been connected to deaths in Canada and France. 4. Sick fish. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency approved for consumption thousands of salmon infected with a flu-like virus that the agency says poses no risk to humans.




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How one man took a nation’s reputation into his own hands

  1. how come the harper goverment is not paying for this biggest international embarracement in canadian history ? because the righty news papers go into a cacoon when the harper cons make these screwups !

  2. Well see you spend a million bucks to take your own limo and motorcade to India, cause that’s showy….but you do nothing about govt computer security ….[it's on floppy disks which tells the Russians something right there!]….because nobody ever sees that. Well except for times like now when the whole world sees it and laughs…or they would laugh if the breach of security wasn’t so serious.

    It’s a kid’s idea of ‘playing with the big boys’…..it’s a PM playing dress-up rather than actually looking after the country.

  3. “Canadian Forces uses glue to plug enormous holes in its own security protocols
    putting other nations at risk”

    There is no deterrent from Mr. Delisle’s prosecution when the CF allows
    bringing DND and personal USBs into restricted and secure areas and
    then advised you can also use them in your home computers (standard
    practice in the DND at numerous bases and confirmed by an Information
    Officer). In addition, personnel without proper security clearance
    were privy to secret information and were physically able to access
    restricted areas without an escort (against CF policy). Also, senior
    officers were found to be carrying cellular phones during classified
    briefings and cheating on tests (ethics?) in 2010 with no discipline
    taken. Protected documents were made public against information
    security regulations and the list goes on and on … Its unfortunate
    that Mr. Delisle is the only person disciplined for this action as
    the opportunity remains a problem. Since the CF does not conduct its
    own security clearances but relies on CSIS, a huge backlog of
    clearances causes commanders to clear personnel using their own
    discretion. If you leave a $100 bill in a parking lot, eventually
    someone will pick it up. Don’t expect this to be the last incident.

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