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CSIS tied ‘in knots’?

The former head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service confided the spy agency was “vigorously harassing” known Hezbollah members in Canada, reveals a newly disclosed diplomatic note.<br />

The former head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service confided the spy agency was “vigorously harassing” known Hezbollah members in Canada, reveals a newly disclosed diplomatic note.

Jim Judd, then CSIS director, also lamented that a soon-to-be released video of young Omar Khadr’s interrogation at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would trigger “knee-jerk anti-Americanism” and “paroxysms of moral outrage, a Canadian specialty,” says the July 2008 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

The cable disclosed yesterday recounts a July 2, 2008, meeting between Judd and State Department official Eliot Cohen.

“Director Judd ascribed an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ worldview to Canadians and their courts, whose judges have tied CSIS ‘in knots,’ making it ever more difficult to detect and prevent terror attacks in Canada and abroad,” the cable says.

According to the document, Judd “derided” recent Canadian court rulings that threatened to undermine foreign government intelligence-and information-sharing with Canada.

 
 
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