#CyberFLASH: Canadian cyberspy agency CSEC fretted about staff after Snowden leaks

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Canada’s secret eavesdropping agency feared for the personal safety of staff following the leak of sensitive intelligence by a former U.S. spy contractor, newly declassified memos show.

The Ottawa-based Communications Security Establishment Canada combed through personnel files to assess risks to employees whose name, agency affiliation or specific duties may have been disclosed by Edward Snowden, says an internal note from the head of the spy service.

In the September 2013 memo, CSEC chief John Forster urged staff with concerns to speak with a manager or personnel security officials.

“There should not be any conversation that is too difficult to have, or any question that is too difficult to ask,” says the memo, originally classified top secret for Canadian eyes only.

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