Judge Allows Canadian Spy Agency to Use New Overseas Investigation Authority

Ottawa — A federal judge has explicitly allowed Canadian espionage agencies to operate abroad, even if it means they violate the laws of other countries.

Federal Court Judge Simon Noël approved the Canadian Security Intelligence Service warrant five months ago, but the official reason for the top secret decision was issued only this week.

Extraterritoriality warrants allow CSIS to conduct specific investigations in other countries, either directly or with the assistance of foreign partners, regarding threats to Canada’s security.

CSIS has always been able to investigate security threats in Canada and abroad, but for years the scope of their authority abroad has not been clarified.

A law amendment that came into force six years ago empowered judges to issue warrants permitting the operation of CSIS abroad, even if they may violate the laws of other countries. Is the first sign of public use of power.

According to Noel, CSIS could exercise these authorities outside Canada with the support of the Communications Security Establishment of Canada (Federal Cyber ​​Spy Services) and with foreign agencies operating under its own legal framework. There is sex.

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