Canadian found dead in Cambodia provided help to intelligence agents: Friend

Dave Walker, a Canadian filmmaker and former journalist, disappeared on Valentine's Day 2014 while...

Dave Walker, a Canadian filmmaker and former journalist, disappeared on Valentine's Day 2014 while in Cambodia working on a movie. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

A missing Canadian journalist found dead in Cambodia this week quietly “served his country” by helping intelligence agents root out war criminals, friends say.

They’ve been tight-lipped about Dave Walker’s ties to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service since his suspicious disappearance in mid-February, fearing if he’d been kidnapped his captors would kill him but one longtime pal is now breaking his silence.

Dr. Peter Vronsky, a Ryerson University professor, said his friend “deserves better” than to be treated like a “bumbling tourist” who wandered off in a foreign land and ended up dead.

“Dave wasn’t a sex tourist or some whack-job ex-pat retreating from life; he was living life,” Vronsky said Friday. “He was a great guy and he didn’t deserve to die like this, in the jungle on his back.”

“He contributed to Canada’s national security and he deserves the absolute best,” he added.


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