The latest leak from Snowden reveals the shocking aim of Canada’s signals intelligence. Now that the global ware on terrorism is apparently won, the prodigious number of analysts apparently are tasked with corporate espionage for the benefit of Enbridge. That’s a heck of a big, Made In Canada problem the Harper Conservatives had better solve right away.
Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who aided in publishing reports that allege Canada spied on Brazil’s Energy and Mines Ministry, testified in front of a Senate committee in that country on Wednesday.
The columnist with the Guardian newspaper was asked by the congressional committee about what role Canada played in obtaining information.
“They wanted to know specifically what information Canada collected about the ministry, what the objective of the spying was specifically, what exactly the methods that were used to collect this information and evade the system,” Greenwald told the CBC’s Susan Ormiston after testifying.
There’s a lot more to come. This is a disaster for the tight lipped, and previously untarnished spy agency few have heard of. If they were doing what is claimed, and I have no reason to doubt Greenwald’s reporting of Snowden’s earlier corroborated information, then they brought this on themselves by exceeding their earlier mission which wouldn’t have included this sort of collaboration with a Canadian oil company for financial gain.