A set of WikiLeaks paperwork reveal that the CIA enlisted Canada as one in all a number of international locations to assist them hack the 2012 French presidential election.
According to 3 CIA tasking orders launched on Thursday, the Central Intelligence Agency requested that French president Francois Hollande, former president Nicolas Sarkozy and Marine Le Pen all be “closely monitored,” as a part of an try by the U.S. authorities to affect the result of the election.
CIA officers had been requested to uncover the key methods of the candidates, in addition to info on inner energy dynamics inside the events. Canada is listed as one in all 5 international locations engaged on human intelligence components of the operation nonetheless there are not any specifics on which components of the operation, if any, Canada was concerned in.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment Canada, and the Department of Global Affairs didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Ashley Lemire, senior communications advisor on the Department of National Defence, instructed the National Post: “The Government of Canada does not comment on leaked documents.”
These revelations come amidst claims by the U.S. intelligence neighborhood that Russia interfered within the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The orders are all marked “NOFORN”, which means they’re imagined to be restricted to U.S. eyes solely so no potential allies are offended. Leaked paperwork exhibiting Canadian spying on allies have prompted important diplomatic points earlier than.
In 2013, paperwork from whistleblower Edward Snowden confirmed that the Communications Security Establishment Canada spied on Brazil’s mining and power ministry in an try to realize financial intelligence. At the time, NDP chief Tom Mulcair mentioned the revelations gave Canada “a black eye in the world.”
Economic intelligence was additionally a spotlight of the spying throughout France’s 2012 election. Agents had been requested to reply questions on non-ruling political events and candidates together with:
“What are their opinions on the German model of export-led growth?” A 2012 doc, marked “SECRET”, that Wiklieaks beforehand launched, duties U.S. intelligence with compiling info on brewing export offers or export contracts in France value $200 million or extra.
In addition to Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, and Australia are all listed underneath a bit indicating which international locations are helping with the “HUMINT” or human intelligence side of the operation. Those 4 international locations, together with the United States, make up the Five Eyes intelligence sharing alliance.