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Experts sound alarm over ‘politicized’ U.S. intelligence, say COVID-19 pandemic a ‘wake-up call’ about Canada’s new national security threats

By Mike Lapointe       

Bitter partisanship in U.S. could undermine intelligence sharing within the Five Eyes and Ottawa needs to rethink its security and intelligence apparatus this century as the Arctic melts and 'our mental maps will need to migrate North and West.'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump. If Mr. Trump is re-elected in November, 'Canada’s intelligence community will have to maintain a relationship that will be distrustful on both sides,' says Greg Fyffe, president of the Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade, photograph courtesy of the White House

Security and intelligence experts are sounding the alarm about increasingly “politicized” intelligence information from the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, with one saying it could “undermine” intelligence sharing within the Five Eyes alliance, and another suggesting the events of the past few months represent a “wake-up call” about the changing nature of threats to national security.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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