#CyberFLASH: Diagrams of top-secret Leitrim spy centre posted to Canadian government website

Unauthorized Disclosure of Military Plans

OTTAWA — Detailed schematic diagrams are posted on the Internet of the top-secret military spy operations centre on Leitrim Road in south Ottawa.

The drawings are attached to a Public Works tender issued Wednesday for a renovation fit-up of the ops room, the heart of Canadian Forces Station Leitrim, the country’s oldest signals intelligence listening post targeting foreign electronic communications.

It supports the cryptography operations of Communications Security Establishment Canada, the coding, decoding and analytics agency that provides the federal government with foreign intelligence and computer network security.

The fit-up plans show not only the location of the ops room within the main building, but the number and arrangement of desks, computer screens, specifications of the voice data power system, a reflected ceiling plan, electrical and mechanical requirements and more.

Military officials were asked Thursday whether the public release of diagrams represent a security breach. Daniel Le Bouthillier, assistant deputy minister for public affairs, issued a statement saying the department takes security “extremely seriously.

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