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CSIS is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t

By Phil Gurski      

Let me get this straight. CSIS is criticized when it refuses to divulge anything at all. It is criticized when it at least makes an effort to let out some information. Why should the intelligence agency even try then? Would it not be better for them just to go back to the old days of saying zilch?

CSIS Director David Vigneault, pictured May 13, 2019, appearing at the House Public Safety and National Security Committee. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—So, what comes to your mind when you think about spy agencies? I would guess openness and transparency are not at the top of your lists. After all, these agencies work in the shadows with “secret” information. Is it any wonder that they do not have an open-door policy?

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