Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland’s $50 million in aid was meant to help Jordan cope with the “unprecedented humanitarian crisis” caused by the war in Syria. But the Sunwing airline, whose director of operations is now Freeland’s national security adviser, helped to bring it all the way over here.
Also helping with the move were the Canadian ambassador to Jordan and two top officials from the Communications Security Establishment of Canada. Which is to say, senior Canadian officials responsible for hacking of Americans’ phones have now moved to help one of America’s closest allies hack its own citizens. A convenient setup for one of the most shameless head-scratchers in world politics.
For those who don’t know, the mission of the CSE is to spy on Canadians as well as the others, and even some Americans, to steal data and conduct other kinds of cyberattack. This is a Canadian government agency, appointed by and managed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.
Someone on the CSE should have told Freeland that the Jordanian intelligence service had gotten the idea to troll her for more money while she was running to get the kingdom’s approval for Canadian aid funds. It makes you wonder whether the Harper administration, which had to use it to gain access to Iran’s Mossad, that Trudeau inherited, might still be at work at the CSE.