Canadian electronic spy agency’s unlawful metadata sharing went on for years before being fixed

The unlawful sharing by Canada’s electronic spy agency of metadata involving Canadians’ communications went on for years before the practice was suspended in 2014, parliamentarians learned Monday.

  • I read a book by a former CSE spy a number of years ago — can’t remember the title but it may have been one of the books by RON LAWRUK. Anyway, it was as exciting as any James Bond story and totally non-fiction.

    I had my own crazy experience with Canadian intelligence back in the ’90’s (I hope eyes aren’t rolling — I’ve commented a bit on this before).

    I met who I *think* was a CSE recruiter while in U. He was with the Canadian Military and he shared a graduate-level anthro class with me. He approached me in the graduate lounge and we shared stories — I talked about my life overseas. He later informed me of a job opening in CSE — they were looking for translators and analysts and they liked people with anthro specialties (I think because anthros interpret things more accurately in cultural context). He directed me to where I could pick up the application — I picked one up, filled most of it out and then shelved it. Reason I shelved it was because it required much more personal info than I had at my fingertips (enhanced reliability check), plus it required going to Ottawa for an additional two years of study. Hadn’t made up my mind yet.

    Long story short, the military guy started following me around in the company of an individual who identified himself as a CSIS agent — many “chance” encounters at different locations in town outside the University. It happened too many times to be coincidental, and later incidents confirmed 100% that I was under surveillance. They met and talked with me on at least a dozen occasions during these “chance” encounters. The CSIS agent was quite confrontational, and I wasn’t sure at that point whether these guys were interested in recruiting me for CSE or if I had become a target — a “person of interest”. Lots of strange things started to happen, including with my personal e-mails. Even after I left town.

    This was under the Liberal government at the time and continued for years — after Harper came to power it seemed to disappear. For what it’s worth.