#CyberFLASH: NSA offered help hours after Ottawa attack

edward-snowden.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxOTTAWA—The NSA was offering assistance to Canadian authorities within hours of the deadly shooting on Parliament Hill, newly released emails show.

The head of the National Security Agency, the U.S. agency tasked with global monitoring, emailed his Canadian counterpart at the Communications Security Establishment just after 11 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2014, to offer his condolences, and his agency’s support.

“We stand ready to support you and our CSE teammates in any way we can,” wrote Adm. Mike Rogers to former CSE chief John Forster. “You have but to ask and we’ll turn to it for you.”

The email indicated officials at the NSA and CSE were already “talking” in the wake of the shooting, but the subject of those talks is censored from the document. Rogers adds that the NSA is “willing to do more as we can and as you request.”

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