#CyberFLASH: Ottawa allowed US to spy during G20 Summit in Toronto, Snowden leak reveals

Ottawa allowed U.S. to spy on G20 summit in Toronto, Snowden leak revealsCanada allowed the U.S. National Security Agency to spy on the 2010 G20 meeting in Toronto, according to a CBC report citing a leaked document from Edward Snowden.

On Wednesday eveningCBC reported it had obtained documents outlining “a six-day spying operation by the National Security Agency” that Canada had allowed to be run out of the U.S. embassy in Ottawa.

It is rare for one country to give any ally explicit permission to run spying operations on domestic soil. According to the CBC report, Canada did just that in giving a nod to the secret NSA operation to spy on G20 leaders.

Asked about the allegations, a spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper declined to detail what Canadian authorities knew.

“We do not comment on operational matters related to national security. Our security organizations have independent oversight mechanisms to ensure that they fulfill their mandate in accordance with the law,” said Jason MacDonald, Mr. Harper’s director of communications, in a written statement Wednesday evening.

The NSA is a very close counterpart of the Communications Security Establishment Canada, Ottawa’s eavesdropping agency. A previous Snowden leak suggested that CSEC and the NSA assisted Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters in spying on the previous G20 meeting, which was held in 2009 in London.

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