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🧵on Canada's (draft) cyber foreign policy strategy

Last summer, the Chief of @cse_cst stated @CanadaFP had prepared its 'International Cybersecurity Strategy and Cyber Diplomacy Initiative'.

The strategy has yet to be released by the Government of Canada. #cdnpoli #cdnnatsec
However, my ATIP of the policy *has* been delivered. You can download the January - May 2021 drafts of "Canada's Foreign Policy for State Behaviour in Cyberspace" at: christopher-parsons.com/wp-content/upl… #cdnpoli #cdnnatsec
In terms of outlining what Canada will do on the world stage this serves to pull together a lot of the different activities that happen in international fora and explain what Canada will do to uphold, facilitate, and advance its interests.
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Good (???) morning! After Chief Sloly suggested the Ottawa Occupation was being foreign funded & organized, I've had a lot of questions about it. I'm gonna do a quick thread to address what we know/don't know. TL/DR: mostly not, no hard evidence, can't be ruled out. #cdnnatsec
We hear about "foreign interference", but the CSIS Act uses "clandestine foreign influence". It usually requires FOUR things:
FWIW, "foreign interference" is increasingly used (as per this NSICOP report). I don't like it because I think appears to "widen" the term, even if it is supposed to be identical. I think the "clandestine" aspect is important. But it also uses less characters so I'll use it.
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THIS IS NOT ABOUT ‘MANDATES’.

This is about establishing a RW insurgency.

#FluTruxKlan #DomesticTerrorists #BorderCrisis #cdnpoli
Look at who the players are, promoting this #RollingInsurrection. I can only attach 4 pics at a time, so I’ll include a bunch in the 🧵.
#FluTruxKlan #OttawaOccupation #InfoOps #CdnNatSec #cdnpoli #cdnmedia
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This is the second major incident like this we've learned about this today (first in Edmonton - though not yet certain if extremist motivations). If you count the news about Jeremy Mackenzie released yesterday, thats three incidents we've learned about in 24 hours. #cdnnatsec
Here is the incident with Jeremy Mackenzie of Plaid Army infamy. antihate.ca/jeremy_raging_…
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The political right is a Ponzi scheme using grift, disinformation & malign influence. It promotes bad faith actors like #PierrePoilievre - who spews his economic illiteracy the way anti-vaxxers spread covid disinformation. No surprise Poilievre & trolls promote cryptocurrency. ImageImageImageImage
This isn’t a benign problem. Bad faith actors like #PierrePoilievre, Keean Bexte, “Rebel” so-called News (both of which solicit “donations” in cryptocurrency), are part of a larger issue affecting #CdnNatSec #CdnEcon.

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It isn’t just the volatility of #crypto. Although that too poses a multitude of problems.
As Vivaldi CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, points out, crypto is rife with issues. To say nothing of its environmental destruction. vivaldi.com/blog/why-vival…

#cryptocrash #cryptocurrencies ImageImageImageImage
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Is there foreign interference happening in #Elxn44? Yes.

But added difficulty lies in how much crossover there is between foreign & domestic malign influence operations.

Not only are there foreign operations, but the RW propaganda ecosystem generates similar disinformation.
The most notable areas of foreign & domestic malign influence crossover, is in #COVID19 disinformation. #Elxn44 #CdnNatSec #InfoOps #cdnpoli
Other areas include fanning flames of extremism, violent rhetoric & division.

Full CSIS 2020 report here: canada.ca/en/security-in…

#Elxn44 #cdnpoli #InfoOps
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Beware of ops targeting the left, posing as progressive causes. This Twitter account is an anti-Trudeau front.
A fake account troll showed up in a post of mine. It followed 0 accounts, w/ only 2 followers. An account I’d already blocked & this “Equal Power” one. #elxn2021 #elxn44
Why would a Twitter account supposedly about proportional representation know of & follow an anonymous account with 0 followers?

It’s important to remember that malign influence operations target the left just as much as the right, using issues important to the left. #elxn44
*Following zero accounts, I meant.
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Exclusive from @globalnews: the two page, hand scrawled letter written by Corey Hurren before he rammed through the gates of Rideau Hall talks about his deep financial trouble, alleges Canada is descending into a communist dictatorship and asks forgiveness globalnews.ca/news/7149667/c…
Hurren is frustrated over new gun laws, COVID19 measures, Parliament not sitting, government spending and accuses PM Trudeau and the Liberal govt of trying to turn Canada into a communist dictatorship and bankrupting the country #cdnpoli #Cdnnatsec
Hurren says he cannot abide "house arrest" under COVID19 for months more, that his livelihood has been devastated and he has no hopes it will rebound after COVID passes or for Canada's future.
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#Breaking Senior Canadian source says Iran has taken responsibility for shooting down #PS752, Iranians are describing it as unintentional. NYT and CNN reporting the same and a statement #cdnfp #cdnnatsec #cdnpoli
Iranian state media seem to be first to have the admission.
h/t @rolandparis here is the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Statement @JZarif that was tweeted about 35 minutes ago #PS752
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President Donald Trump questioning Prime Minister Trudeau on defence spending was quite something to watch. The PM tried to not give a percentage number talking about Lib govt's increased spending, Trump pushed back and asked for an exact number #cdnpoli #Cdnnatsec #CAF
Prime Minister Trudeau answered President Trump's second question by saying Canada spends 1.3% of GDP on defence (accurate according to most recent NATO numbers), but then sounded like he said 1.4%. That is not accurate. Canada is aiming to spend 1.4% by 2026 #cdnpoli #CAF
Trump's tone on defence spending was more positive than in the past saying Canada is "slightly delinquent" in defence spending to get to the 2% NATO target. #cdnpoli #CAF
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Remember the bomb set off in Sherwood Park, AB in Nov 2018? @globalnews reported the explosive substance was tannerite according to multiple sources & an internal RCMP memo. K Division @RCMPAlberta called the reporting speculative. 10 months later RCMP admit it WAS tannerite
Tannerite has a very distinct appearance for those who may not have seen it and is typically triggered by shooting it (note the small white pellets)
Note: this comes the same day as an RCMP press conference that also started w senior officers trying to discourage journalists from reporting on a critical file. Referenced speculative reporting & then confirmed large elements of what @globalnews reported #natsec #cdnnatsec #RCMP
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#BREAKING Exclusive: information obtained through an intl criminal probe into encrypted comms firm Phantom Secure (used by global criminal syndicates) produced evidence that led to investigation and arrest of the RCMP's Cameron Ortis globalnews.ca/news/5909401/r… #cdnnatsec #natsec
Canadian CEO of Phantom Secure Vincent Ramos is in prison in the United States. Information from the RCMP in his possession led Canadian investigators to launch a probe into who tried to sell him info. Sources say the 2015 charge Ortis is facing is from that attempt to sell info
Working on confirming some other elements on just how damaging this has been and how Ortis got the information from the RCMP HQ to his condo.
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More exclusive details tonight on @GlobalNational Re: Cameron Ortis, the RCMP's Director General of the National Intelligence Coordination Centre now charged with trying to sell top secret Cdn intel. More on the investigation and what he was trying to sell #cdnnatsec #natsec
@GlobalNational More details on what Global News has learned regarding the Cameron Ortis investigation. As previously reported, American authorities successfully flipped someone to provide information that identified Ortis. Source says this person was & remains in US custody #natsec #cdnnatsec
@GlobalNational The person who flipped is facing a serious criminal conviction. In a bid to reduce their time behind bars at sentencing the person revealed they had been contacted by someone in the RCMP in 2015. #cdnnatsec #natsec
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#Breaking Global News has learned that the Director General of an intelligence unit at RCMP HQ has been arrested and charged under the secrets act involving espionage by foreign powers. Sources tell Global News this was an extensive national security investigation #cdnnatsec
Global News can identify the senior RCMP member charged as Cameron Ortis. This is a very serious and rarely used charge #cdnnatsec
He was arrested yesterday in Ottawa
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Tonight on @GlobalNational #Exclusive details on how Master Corporal Patrik Mathews ended up on the radar of three different national security agencies and triggered a covert military intelligence investigation to find out if he was working alone
@GlobalNational #Exclusive details on how Master Corporal Patrik Mathews ended up on the radar of the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency), RCMP and Canadian Armed Forces #cdnnatsec #cdnpoli
@GlobalNational Sources tell Global News Patrik Mathews frequently drove across the Canada-US border. We don't know what he was doing in the US or who if anyone he was meeting. #cdnpoli #cdnnatsec
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Should Canada ban #Huawei from 5G? @brianleecrowley makes the case that “both Huawei’s behaviour and that of its Chinese Communist Party overlords is such that Canada should follow the US, Australia and New Zealand and forbid Huawei’s involvement in 5G.” macdonaldlaurier.ca/canada-ban-hua…
This debate over #Huawei’s involvement in 5G was recently highlighted as part of the @TorontoStar’s ‘The Big Debate’ series. Writing for the other side of the debate was @Stockwell_Day. #cdnpoli #cdnnatsec #cdnfp #cdnecon thestar.com/opinion/contri…
This has attracted the attention of Huawei employees, who are encouraging others (including potentially thousands of fellow employees) on China’s preferred social media platform, WeChat, to vote for the ‘no’ side of the debate. #cdnpoli #cdnfp @binghuiyin
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At the @SenateCA national security and defence committee meeting, where they are doing clause-by-clause of Bill #C59. #cdnpoli #cdnnatsec
Part 1 of the Act, the new National Security and Intelligence Review Agency, has passed without amendment from the committee. #C59
Part 1.1, the Avoiding Complicity in Mistreatment
by Foreign Entities Act, has also passed without amendment. #C59
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While folding review of the CBSA into the existing RCMP civilian watchdog may be effective, the lack of consultation and details is troubling. And the likelihood of this being passed before the fall election seems close to nil. cbc.ca/news/politics/… #cdnpoli
As per @Safety_Canada backgrounder, new body will be called the "Public Complaints and Review Commission" & will replace the @rcmpgrcpolice Civilian Review and Complaints Commission. Full legislation still not up online, tho. canada.ca/en/public-safe… #cdnpoli
@Safety_Canada @rcmpgrcpolice And here, finally, is the full legislation - bill #C98 - that would create the Public Complaints and Review Commission (PCRC). Mostly builds on the existing RCMP review body, the CCRC.
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On @CBCNews to comment on the ongoing spat between #China and #Canada, CIC President @benrowswell explained that there are two ways of looking at power in the international system. There is the power to force, and there is the power to convince. cbc.ca/player/play/14… #cdnpoli
"#China is experimenting with the former right now, to see how it can throw its weight around. But it's actually frittering away the other kind of power. It's making it more difficult for other countries to follow China's lead." @benrowswell on @CBCNews #cdnnatsec #Huawei
"#Canada is symbolic of something in the international system. We're a country that's respected and admired, so when a country decides to be a bully and when they pick on Canada they have really picked on the wrong country.", @benrowswell @CBCNews cbc.ca/player/play/14… #cdnfp
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