Canada’s eavesdropping agency helped spy on G20, documents suggest

Originally posted on National Post | News:

OTTAWA — Leaked documents suggest Canada helped the United States and Britain spy on participants at the London G20 summit four years ago.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper says spies monitored the computers and intercepted the phone calls of foreign politicians and officials at two G20 meetings in London in 2009.

The paper says the effort included penetration of delegates’ BlackBerry smartphones to monitor their email messages and calls.

The Guardian published PowerPoint slides describing the operation, including one featuring the emblem of the Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency.

One excerpt titled “BlackBerry at G20” reads, “Delivered messages to analysts during the G20 in near real-time.”


“We remain confident in the superiority of BlackBerry’s mobile security platform for customers using our integrated device and enterprise server technology,” Waterloo, Ontario- based BlackBerry said in an e-mailed statement today. “There is no ‘back door’ pipeline to that platform.” The company said…

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