Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Misinformation worries CSE Commissioner


The new CSE Commissioner, Jean-Pierre Plouffe, has expressed concern about "misinformation" spreading about CSEC and its partners (Jim Bronskill, "Leaks on Five Eyes spy network are fuelling ‘misinformation,’ CSEC chief says," Canadian Press, 9 December 2013 [I wonder how he feels about being called the Chief of CSEC]):
The watchdog over the national eavesdropping agency says many recent leaks about the Five Eyes intelligence network are being taken out of context by the media.

Jean-Pierre Plouffe, who keeps an eye on Communications Security Establishment Canada, says the leaked tidbits often then become misinformation.

Plouffe told senators on the national security and defence committee that he aims to clarify such information so that it is no longer promoted as myth.

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“The information provided by Mr. Snowden made the news, often very sensational in the media,” he told senators.

“Unfortunately, this information is often taken out of context, which as a result becomes misinformation. So one of the key objectives of my office is to help to clarify this information and to correct it if necessary so that it is no longer propagated as a myth.”

Update 12:30 pm 10 December 2013: The Globe and Mail has corrected the headline they initially put on the article: "CSEC Chief" now reads "CSEC watchdog".

Update 11 December 2013: The National Post has some additional information on the testimony at the Senate committee hearing: Stewart Bell, "Review underway into allegations that national intelligence agency illegally spied on Canadians," National Post, 9 December 2013.

The Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee, Chuck Strahl, also testified at the hearing. According to Bell, "Both Mr. Strahl and Mr. Plouffe urged a cautious approach to Parliamentary oversight of Canadian intelligence services. Mr. Plouffe noted that in the United States, select elected members of the government had access to secret intelligence but that had not stopped the apparent excesses of its agencies. 'It’s never going to be a silver bullet,' he said."

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