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Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Michel Coulombe waits to testify before the Senate national security and defence committee in Ottawa on Feb. 3, 2014.
Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Michel Coulombe waits to testify before the Senate national security and defence committee in Ottawa on Feb. 3, 2014.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

Spy agency’s memos to minister shed light on secretive practices

It’s the kind of correspondence no self-respecting spymaster or security functionary would want to sign: “Dear Minister: our agents got called out for not telling the truth in court, and an important national-security power is now at risk as a result.”

Yet this is the essence of memos that spy agency director Michel Coulombe and deputy minister Francois Guimont sent last December to Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney, after a judge’s ruling ripped into Canada’s two main intelligence agencies.