Canada intelligence agency warns officials of espionage, honey traps

Richard FaddenBy IAN ALLEN | |
Canada’s foremost intelligence agency has authored a publication warning government officials they are as much targets of espionage today as they were during the Cold War. The warning is contained in a 2012 publication titled Far From Home: A Travel Security Guide for Government Officials, penned by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). It is aimed at Canadian diplomats and other federal employees who may, according to CSIS, become the targets of international espionage activities while traveling abroad. A copy of the guide was accessed by the Canadian Press agency under Canada’s Access to Information Act. In a brief forward to the guide, the then Director of CSIS, Richard Fadden, warns readers that international espionage is believed to be “at a level equal to that seen during the Cold War” (intelNews readers will remember Fadden has made similar claims in public before). He adds that Canada remains a “valued target” on the international intelligence scene, due to its sophisticated technology, energy and financial services sectors. Fadden, who left CSIS in May to become Canada’s Deputy Minister of National Defense, goes on to state that Canada is spied on by foreign intelligence agencies because of its “prized political connections” with the United States and its membership in “important international bodies”. In the guidebook, Canadian federal employees are advised to consider the information they carry with them while abroad as “a prized target” and to take conscious steps to protect it. Advice includes being cautious of information shared with taxi drivers, waiters or bar tenders, keeping personal electronic devices under watch at all times, and avoiding the use of hotel safes to store confidential material, as “intrusions are frequently accomplished with the co-operation of […] hotel staff”. The instructional book, stamped “For Official Use Only”, makes specific mention of “honey traps” —espionage lingo for intelligence collection through sexual seduction. It notes that honey traps often involve clandestine recordings of intimate encounters, which are later used to blackmail or publicly embarrass the target of the espionage operation. The reader is warned that there have been reports of individuals (presumably Canadian government officials or business executives) who retired to their hotel room with an “attractive stranger” and were then drugged. According to these anecdotal reports, the drugged individuals awoke to find that their hotel room had been thoroughly searched and their networked devices and confidential documents were missing. The guide also cautions Canadian travelers against accepting unsolicited gifts while abroad, especially memory sticks or flash drives, which may be loaded with key-logging software or other malicious programs.

4 Responses to Canada intelligence agency warns officials of espionage, honey traps

  1. Julian Assange at the hands of a former staffer of the Swedish Embassy in Washington, her political/police network set him up. This Lesbian wasn’t after what’s in his pants.

  2. darlene says:

    Shona you got that right , he was set up , as to the article it seems the NSA has all bases covered even listening to their allies . lol i find this funny and can not wait for more sonwden leaks , you reap what you sow eh ? I love my country but the goverment seems to be over stepping its mandate from the people unless there is another agenda we the people are not aware of ? The people are waking up good luck trying to change this , we see them now . lol

  3. TFH says:

    I would guess that the first type of info the smart NSA agents sought to aggregate was what pornography each and every one of their ‘customers’ downloaded. Makes it that much easier to set honey traps in the future.

  4. Pete says:

    Closest to a honey trap this amateur has seen (long after leaving gov – dangerously photographic memory) was a “lonely German teacher of English” travelling outside Oz.

    Her instantly friendly approach, only vaguely German accent and lack of knowledge of how Prussia related to Germany, rather gave here away. So clothed chatting on an inter-island ferry went no further.

    She was looked rather crestfallen in the end – mission un-accomplished.

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