CSIS may get foreign role

There are indications the Harper government is preparing to allow Canada's spy service to engage in espionage overseas, the National Post reported. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is mostly restricted to a domestic jurisdiction and only has the authority to be involved in external intelligence activities if Canada faces a direct threat. With a majority government in place, the Tories apparently have renewed interest in a 2006 election platform where the establishment of a Canadian foreign intelligence unit was proposed.

Published: Wednesday, 11/09/2011 12:00 am EST

There are indications the Harper government is preparing to allow Canada's spy service to engage in espionage overseas, the National Post reported. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is mostly restricted to a domestic jurisdiction and only has the authority to be involved in external intelligence activities if Canada faces a direct threat. With a majority government in place, the Tories apparently have renewed interest in a 2006 election platform where the establishment of a Canadian foreign intelligence unit was proposed.

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