Spy agency claims Snowden leaks hurts Canadians

Whistle-blower ‘diminished advantage’ agency had over terrorists, according to internal document

Spy agency claims Snowden leaks hurts Canadians

World Bulletin / News Desk

Edward Snowden’s security leaks “diminished the advantage” Canada had over terrorists, according to stories in Canadian media on Friday, citing an internal spy agency document.

The result is that Canadians are not as safe from terrorists, insists the Communications Security Establishment (CSE).

Canada’s electronic spy agency – says the leaks “have a cumulative detrimental effect” in the effectiveness of the agency and its allies, the CES states in newly-released briefing notes obtained by the Canadian Press wire service under the Access to Information Act.

As well, the document indicates that Canada aided Britain and the United States in spying on participants at a London G20 Summit.

The notes were contained in briefing documents prepared for CSE head Greta Bossenmaier’s presentation to the House of Commons national defense committee in March.

The CSE monitors foreign communications it believes to be of intelligence interest to Canada and trades information with its counterparts in the U.S., Britain, New Zealand and Australia.

Snowden leaked documents that showed the U.S, National Security Agency quietly obtained a huge amount of emails and other information from Internet firms and also data about telephone calls.

These leaks alerted terrorist organizations to the fact that their communications were being monitored and scrutinized, the CSE says.

“CSE has observed our foreign targets discussing changes to their communications security as a result of the disclosures,” the briefing notes state. “Our success is hard won and is dependent on our targets being unaware of the methods and technologies that we use against them.”

The CSE goes further in its condemnation of the detriment to intelligence gathering wreaked by the Snowden’s leaks.

The disclosures “have diminished the advantage we have had, both in the short term but more worrying in the long term,” the documents say.

Snowden’s ongoing leaks of sensitive material are “rendering techniques and methods less effective,” a CSE spokesman said.

“Ultimately, those disclosures are harming our ability to keep Canadians safe from terrorist and other threats,” says Ryan Foreman.

But the Snowden leaks have also alerted the public to secretive governments spying on citizens and being less than honest about it, critics say.

“Taxpayers should not have to rely on courageous whistle-blowers willing to risk everything in order to get the truth out there,” says David Christopher, a spokesman for OpenMedia.com, an organization that battles for citizens’ online rights.

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