He said it, he got slammed and then he backed away from the issue of foreign governments holding influence over provincial and municipal politicians – but was Fadden incorrect, or jumping the gun?
Campbell thought so, and came out swinging – see the post below – although some have said: ” He doth protest too much!” Today, however, CBC is reporting that senior intelligence sources are telling them that not only was Fadden right on the money, but also that the head Fed-Con himself, Stephen Harper, has known about this all along…. from the CBC :
Sources tell CBC News the highest levels of the Canadian government have known for years that foreign countries have been trying to win influence over Canadian politicians and public servants.
That information comes a day after CSIS director Richard Fadden said he had never warned officials close to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that some provincial cabinet ministers may be under the sway of countries like China — even though he told the CBC earlier this week the agency was discussing the issue with the Privy Council Office.
Sources tell the CBC the PCO was well aware of those concerns, even if it hadn’t been told the details of who was involved.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, the minister responsible for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canada’s spy agency, refused to discuss Fadden’s bombshell allegations.
“I’m afraid I can’t comment on any operational issues involving CSIS,” Toews said Thursday.
In an exclusive interview with CBC News earlier this week, Fadden said Canada’s spy agency suspects that some municipal politicians and cabinet ministers in two provinces are being swayed by their connections to foreign governments.
China was one of the countries Fadden mentioned.
The remarkable comments sparked outrage from some provincial politicians and have led some observers to call for Fadden to resign.
But senior intelligence sources say the highest levels of the Canadian government were “absolutely” aware of the issue.
“These problems are very well-known,” one source said. “This information did not blindside the government.”
Fadden ‘not wrong’: source
A source suggested the prime minister was personally aware of the issue of foreign agents trying to win influence over politicians and bureaucrats — even if he didn’t know the details.
“The prime minister is strongly of a view that this is a problem,” a source said.
The source said Harper has an appetite for intelligence beyond that of his predecessors. Intelligence briefers now routinely provide the prime minister with detailed written reports, in addition to their regular verbal briefings.
On Wednesday, the Prime Minister’s Office denied it was warned by CSIS of any specific agents of influence in provincial cabinets. Fadden himself later issued a retraction on that key point.
But sources tell the CBC the issue was very likely “verbally briefed ” to intelligence staff who work for the prime minister.
Fadden “had to swallow hard,” a source said, “but he’s not wrong.”
Clearly, there would have to be something substantial evidence of such an allegation, or someone like Fadden wouldn’t be out there telling the whole world about it, WHILE the G summits are underway. While some will say this is nothing but speculation and conjecture, I say Brava! to Fadden for having the cojones to tell it like it is. The only question now is, who are they watching, and for how long?