Actually it was the CSEC watchdog and not the CSEC chief who fretted to a senate committee today about CSEC info being made public, but you can see how the G&M headline writer could have confused the two. Lone CSEC watchdog commissioner Jean-Pierre Plouffe, appointed two months ago to ensure CSEC stays within the law, talked a lot more like a chief defending his outfit than an independent watchdog holding it to account.
Plouffe is worried about "sensational" docs leaked to the media being "taken out of context" and turned into "myths" and "misinformation", and sees it as his job to correct that.
One of the *myths* Plouffe will presumably soon be spysplaining for us is last night's CBC story bylined by Glenn Greenwald :
Snowden document shows Canada set up spy posts for NSA
Canada has set up covert spying posts around the world and conducted espionage against trading partners at the request of the U.S. National Security Agency in "approximately 20 high-priority countries."
"Co-operative efforts include the exchange of liaison officers and integrees," the document reveals, a reference to CSEC operatives working inside the NSA, and vice-versa.Other Snowden-leaked docs from Glenn Greenwald in need of Plouffe's corrective touch will include :
It notes the NSA also supplies much of the computer hardware and software CSEC uses.
- CSEC partnering with the NSA to conduct spying operations on Canadian soil during the 2010 Toronto G-20 summit to "support U.S. policy goals" .
- CSEC spying on Brazil's Ministry of Mines and Energy.
- CSEC using its trusted position as overseer of the standardization of cryptography to allow the NSA to build a “back-door” into the encryption, allowing the USA to secretly spy on 163 ally nations for years.
It was a puppet head trifecta today - the new CSEC *watchdog* defending NSA puppet CSEC to the PMO puppet Senate.
No mention as to whether CSEC got to join the NSA and GCHQ in infiltrating World of Warcraft and Second Life.
For much more in-depth CSEC coverage : Lux ex Umbra