CSIS adds its own mole to terror list


Talk about nuts. We know that our security services are still passing on to Washington the names of Canadian citizens alleged to be terrorists — with or without proof. But it also seems that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service has mistakenly added one of its own moles to the growing U.S. terror list. This bizarre revelation comes courtesy of the muckraking website WikiLeaks, which — as first reported by CBC — has revealed a new cache of confidential U.S. State Department documents. The documents show that over two years CSIS provided the U.S. embassy in Washington with the names of at least 41 Canadian citizens or residents that it said were associated with terrorism. Some of the names are already well-known, including those of the so-called Toronto 18 terror cell. But 22 names belong to people who have never been charged with any kind of terrorist offence. And front and centre among them is Mubin Shaikh, the former CSIS and RCMP mole who infiltrated — and later testified against — members of the Toronto 18. A fierce critic of Islamic radicalism, Shaikh was praised by the authorities for his role in the case, which ultimately led to 11 convictions. But that didn’t stop CSIS from including him in a secret list of known terrorist associates that they passed over to the Americans much later, in 2009. Shaikh, who was shown a copy of the leaked cable by a journalist, says he is flabbergasted. “This is devoid of all logic,” he told me Wednesday. To add insult to injury, Shaikh said, the state department cable listed his birthplace as India (he was born in Toronto).

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