Canadian spies told to take secrets to the grave

Parliament Hill. Tony Caldwell/QMI AGENCY

Parliament Hill. Tony Caldwell/QMI AGENCY

Andrew McIntosh, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

MONTREAL — Take state secrets to the grave, or we'll take you to prison. That's the less than subtle message Canada recently sent all of its spies.

The federal government amended the Security of Information Act to add a lifelong code of silence.

It applies to spies, RCMP officers and other employees who dip into national security files.

A justice department report says the federal government believes changes are necessary to protect the country's most sensitive information and "the interests of Canada's national security."

"The amendments provide additional assurances to Canada's international partners and allies that special operational information they share will be protected," says the report.

The changes affect thousands of employees working for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment and the RCMP's Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams.

Dozens of federal lawyers, who work closely with spies, are also affected.


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