CSIS won’t open full Tommy Douglas file
From CBC News
Canada’s spy agency is pulling out all the stops to block the release of decades-old intelligence on socialist icon Tommy Douglas.
In an affidavit filed in Federal Court, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service argues that full disclosure of the file on Douglas could endanger the lives of confidential informants and jeopardize the agency’s ability to conduct secret surveillance.
Indeed, CSIS suggests its very raison d’etre would be imperilled by releasing the information compiled on the one-time Saskatchewan premier and federal NDP leader, widely revered as the father of medicare.
“Secrecy is intrinsic to security intelligence matters,” Nicole Jalbert, the agency’s access to information and privacy co-ordinator, says in the affidavit filed late last month.
“The requirement for secrecy with respect to past and current activities of a security intelligence agency is essential; the origin of information, its extent and the methods by which it was obtained must remain a secret.”
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