Tuesday, October 22, 2013

More on economic intelligence gathering III

Further to this and this, the current Chief of CSE, John Forster, also chose not to answer the question rather than say a simple "no" when offered the chance to confirm or deny gathering intelligence of value to Canadian companies (Proceedings of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence, 5 November 2012):
Senator [Joseph] Day: Would there ever be a situation where you would communicate intelligence or communication that you have developed directly to a Canadian company? For instance, you might learn about intellectual property being hijacked and stolen, or you might develop some information with respect to a takeover bid that would be of value to the Canadian company.

Mr. Forster: We generally provide intelligence to government departments. If there was a threat to a Canadian company, we would work with CSIS and the RCMP.

Senator Day: Should I play on the word "generally"?

Mr. Forster: No, no intention was implied. We would work with our domestic agencies — RCMP and CSIS — who have that responsibility for domestic.

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