CSIS Director Richard Fadden emerges from the shadows to grant an interview – something that must be one of the most stupidest moves in Canadian intelligence history (and that’s saying something):
“There are several municipal politicians in British Columbia and in at least two provinces there are ministers of the Crown who we think are under at least the general influence of a foreign government.”
This is grossly irresponsible on the part of Fadden – either you have the evidence to charge them with espionage, or you don’t. If the latter, it’s at best slander, not to mention you needlessly undermine the citizens faith in the political system…and for what, really? What’s the purpose? Deflection? And at worse? You’ve tipped your hand to the foreign intelligence service, who can now sanitize their operation. George Smiley cries.
As I say, if they’ve committed a crime, charge them. Until then keep your yap shut. Innocent until proven guilty and all those values Fadden is charged with protecting. Given the prominence of China in this and other pieces, every Chinese-Canadian politician will now be under a shadow. The stench of racism is in the air.