Saturday, November 08, 2014

CSE received $923K from "foreign partners" last year

Page 6.49 of Volume I of the Public Accounts of Canada 2014 reports that CSE's "Foreign Partners - Security" fund received $922,860 in fiscal year 2013-14.

The Public Accounts also report that CSE spent $658,438 from the account during the year, leaving a total of $2,266,839 at the end of the fiscal year.

The same document explains that the Foreign Partners accounts "were established to record funds received from foreign partners, to cover expenditures to be made on their behalf, in accordance with the provisions of agreements with the Government of Canada."

In 2013, the government acknowledged to Globe and Mail reporter Colin Freeze that the money in the account comes from "the Five Eyes partnership".

As I noted here and here, it seems highly likely that the member of the partnership that actually supplies the cash is the US National Security Agency.

Adding last year's data to previous years' totals, we get a grand total of at least $12.3 million paid to CSE, and at least $10.1 million spent by CSE on behalf of its "foreign partners", since 2002-03.

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