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Ortis plans Charter challenge

Cameron Ortis, the former director general of the RCMP’s National Intelligence Co-ordination Centre accused of providing secrets to unauthorized persons, plans a is planning a constitutional challenge. The Public Prosecution Service has confirmed that Ortis’ lawyers will argue that a Security of Information Act section on communication about special operations violates his Charter rights. [node:read-more:link]

U.K. charging five with espionage

Five Bulgarians accused of spying for Russia are scheduled to appear in a London courtroom September 26. Arrested after a police investigation, they are alleged to have worked for Russian security services by, among other things, conducting operations in the UK and Europe. [node:read-more:link]

Canadian Sikhs worry Modi

Prime Minister Trudeau was told by his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, during the G-20 Summit in New Delhi that India is concerned about the influence of Sikh militants in Canada, which has the highest number of Sikhs outside their home state of Punjab. “They are promoting secessionism and inciting,” the Indian statement said. [node:read-more:link]

Germans face treason charges

A recently-promoted German intelligence officer has been charged with treason for sharing intelligence with Russia about the war in Ukraine and the Wagner Group. In addition, a Russian-born German business is accused of travelling to Moscow to hand over information to Russia’s domestic intelligence agency. [node:read-more:link]

Former U.S. consular employee charged in Russia

Russia’s federal security service said August 28 that it had charged a Russian citizen who is former U.S. consular employee in Vladivostok with “cooperation on a confidential basis with a foreign state.” It said Robert Shonov was paid to collect information about Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, military mobilization and “problematic issues and their impact on the protest activity of the population ahead of the 2024 presidential election in Russia.” [node:read-more:link]

U.K. charges suspected spies

Britain has disclosed that it has taken into custody three long-term resident Bulgarian nationals suspected of being Russian agents. Charged with possessing identity documents, including multiple European passports, the trio were among five persons arrested last February. [node:read-more:link]

Moldova expels Russians

Citing “ongoing tensions and unfriendly actions,” Moldova expelled Russian diplomats, embassy technical staff and their families August 14. The former Soviet republic, sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania and now a constitutionally neutral state, announced its plans in late July after reports suggested that new surveillance equipment was installed atop the embassy and an adjacent building. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. think-tank founder charged

An Israeli-American who founded and co-directs the Washington-based Institute for the Analysis of Global Security faces charges of trying to illegally broker sales of weapons and Iranian oil as well as being a Chinese agent. Evidently arrested earlier this year in Cyprus on what he said is “a politically motivated extradition request” by federal prosecutors in New York, Gal Luft fled after being granted bail. [node:read-more:link]

Dozens of Russian spies in Switzerland

Swiss intelligence reported June 26 that Russia maintains dozens of agents disguised as diplomats at its embassy in Bern and its UN mission in Geneva. “Of the roughly 220 people that are accredited as diplomatical or technical-administrative personnel at the diplomatic and consular representations […] at least a third are likely still active,” it said. [node:read-more:link]

Immigration decision called ‘dubious”

Federal Court Justice Richard Mosley has ruled that the Canada Border Services Agency’s assessment in refusing an elderly Chinese man’s applicant for permanent residency was “dubious” and “over-reaching.” The CBSA had said Liping Geng had trained spies and might be one too, but Mosley (Docket No. IMM-1374-22) has ordered another immigration officer to review his case. [node:read-more:link]

Singh calls Johnston “tone deaf”

Former Governor-General David Johnston, the prime minister’s special rapporteur on foreign interference in Canadian politics has “respectfully” dismissed an opposition call May 31 for him to stand aside. NDP Leader Jagmeet said today that “with all due respect to the service of Mr. Johnston and his previous public service, I believe that his response to the vote on our motion is tone-deaf.” [node:read-more:link]

Veil of secrecy over scientists’ firing

Nearly four years after two Chinese researchers were escorted out of Canada’s highest-security laboratory and subsequently fired amidst tight security, it will be up to three retired federal judges to decide how much information will be made public. Former Supreme Court justices Ian Binnie and Marshall Rothstein, and Federal Court of Appeal justice Eleanor Dawson will assist an committee of MPs in reviewing the records. [node:read-more:link]

“Naïvety” at Trudeau Foundation?

Morris Rosenberg, the former president and CEO of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, has acknowledged that he may have been “naïve” in accepting a donation from a businessman with ties to the Chinese government in 2016. “Was that naïve at the time?” he said May 2 during a parliamentary committee hearing. “In hindsight, probably it was," said Rosenberg. [node:read-more:link]

Seven charged with “malign influence”

Four U.S. citizens and three Russians have been charged by the U.S. Justice Department with conducting a “malign influence campaign” which involved recruiting and funding U.S. political groups to act as “unregistered illegal agents of the Russian government.” [node:read-more:link]

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