#CyberFLASH: Cops followed law in surveilling journalist Lagacé: police chief

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La Presse columnist Patrick Lagacé was the only journalist placed under surveillance by Montreal police said SPVM chief Philippe Pichet on Monday.

Pichet was speaking at a press conference given in the wake of the revelation that Lagacé’s iPhone had been monitored by police for months. The revelation had left Montreal’s politicians and media community distraught, with many criticizing the SPVM’s actions.

Pichet defended the investigation, saying it “required exceptional measures,” and the officers involved respected the law when they asked for and obtained the warrant on Lagacé’s phone.

He added that the journalist was the only one placed under surveillance, to the best of his knowledge.

Montreal police special investigators obtained at least 24 surveillance warrants to learn the identities of people with whom La Presse columnist Patrick Lagacé was speaking. The Special Investigations squad is responsible for tackling crime within the police bureau, and ostensibly was seeking to determine the source of media leaks.

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