CSIS Director Fails to Guarantee “No More Spy Scandals”

The chief of Canadian spy agency has confessed that he cannot guarantee that there will be no more cases of a Canadian selling secrets to foreign entities, even though the security is tightened after the Jeffrey Delisle scandal. The Delisle scandal has enforced Canada and its allies to evaluate and improve their “security arrangements” for governing the most top-secret dealings between them.

The director of Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Dick Fadden, informed the national security and defence committee of Senate on Monday that the Delisle case was neither a “catastrophic” case nor a one-time occurrence only. Sub-Lt. Delisle has recently been sentenced to imprisonment for 20 years last week for breaching trust and communicating information to a foreign entity that could harm Canada’s interests. The court leaned during the hearing that Delisle was compensated with more than $100,000 to supply classified information to Russian agents over a time span of five years.

Fadden informed the committee that the Delisle case “is one case that we caught. I suspect there will be others over time, both here and within our allies.” He alleged that Delisle case does not makes Canada an international pariah among its allies, he mentioned that “I think what saves us — if that’s the right word — in these instances with our allies is that every single one of them has been in the same situation before.” He also added that “having said this, I think there’s a consensus amongst ourselves and our close allies that this has been to some degree the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

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