Director-General for global issues, Canada, South Asia, says the disclosure of confidential information from CSIS Meng Wanzhou in the framework of their struggle against the extradition of the risk of canadian life, further damage Sino-canadian relations and even jeopardise the fight against COVID-19.
David Hartman warned against lawyers Executive of Huawei edited copies of documents from Canada’s spy Agency affidavit sworn as part of the production, which will be heard in Federal court later this month.
A written affidavit was filed in late June in support of the attorney General, who fights to keep from the public the reports about the arrest of Meng between CSIS and the FBI.
“Generally speaking, such disclosure could exacerbate tensions between the governments of Canada and China, and, necessarily, to provoke a response harmful to bilateral relations, and canadian interests,” testimony Hartman says.
“Given consular considerations, the invention may also lead to risk of harm the individual canadian life.”
Hartman served as the Executive Director of the global policy’ for greater China, until August 2017.
He and fellow CSIS intelligence Michelle Gaye as filed affidavits under oath in Federal court, which will be played during four days of hearings at the end of the month.
On the first day of work will take place on 27 July; the remaining three days will be behind closed doors.
The fight centers on six heavily redacted documents ISCO attorney General disclosed to the lawyers Meng after order from the B. C. Supreme court, the judge handling her case for extradition.
USA want chief financial officer of the company Huawei is sent to new York to face charges of fraud against allegations that she lied to the Executive of HSBC in August 2013 on the control of the company the company is accused of violating economic sanctions against Iran.
Prosecutors claim the alleged lies Meng to put the Bank in danger of violating the sanctions themselves, risking prosecution and loss as a result.
Meng lawyers plan to argue that the FBI and canadian authorities have established a “secret criminal investigation” against their client, the exchange of technical information on their electronic devices and plotting the canadian border officers to detain and interrogate him without a lawyer for three hours before the RCMP placed her under arrest.
The perception of influence’
CSIS documents include e-mails, work notes, and the report of the three so-called “situation reports” written before and after the arrest of Meng in Vancouver airport Dec. 1, 2018.
The situation report noted that CSIS received a message from the FBI the day before the arrest of Meng and that the U.S. “may not be present in the desire to avoid the perception of influence.”
The report says that the RCMP has recognized the “politically motivated arrest” and predicted from the start that the detention Meng will “be of great importance at the international level and on a bilateral basis”.
Large portions all the documents have been edited.
In their written testimony under oath, as Hartman and Gaye to stress that they did not consider the unredacted parts of the documents themselves, so that they will not be exposed to accidental disclosure of confidential information in the course of a public hearing.
Hartman describes the case of the issuance of the damage Meng has already caused the canadian-Chinese relations, including the suspension of import of rapeseed and arbitrary detention, the former diplomat Michael Kovrig and entrepreneur Michael Spavor.
Kovrig and Spavor was held in Chinese prisons, since immediately after the arrest of Meng. Last month, a Chinese official charges of espionage. Canada has not had consular access to anyone with a Jan.
Souring public opinion
Says Hartman in COVID-19 pandemic is only “stressed the need” for Canada to participate in the bilateral relations with China.
“China was an important supplier of personal protective equipment and medicines in the global supply chain and made up a significant portion of medical supplies purchased by the government of Canada during a pandemic COVID-19,” Hartman wrote.
He says: “the canadian media coverage and public opinion toward China is becoming more negative reflecting the trend of public opinion throughout the world.”
Readings observed mood change with the introduction of the new national security law in Hong Kong” – according to Chinese intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders in China, as well as in Canada and the Chinese campaign of misinformation around the origins COVID-19.”
As a result, says Hartman “in the interests of Canada, to ensure that the management of our necessary but complex interactions with China will not have a negative impact even further, disclosure of confidential information.”
Problems on Gaia edited content belong exclusively, how it will affect national security. He writes about the importance of keeping confidential sources and the need for CSIS should share information about the understanding will be kept confidential.
“If a foreign Agency were to lose faith in the commitment of services to protect confidential information of third parties, it would be a significant impact on the willingness of these institutions to provide information to the service in the future,” he says.
‘Ongoing role in her arrest’
In Federal court documents, Meng lawyers say, the unmodified sections of CSIS documents make it clear that “not only CSIS involved in communicating with the FBI and other agencies on the planning of Ms. Meng’s arrest until December 1, 2018, but that CSIS had a regular role in the arrest.”
As such, they seek emails, texts, magazines, telephone and briefs from CSIS, as well as the identity of the authors of the reports.
Lawyers Meng hope to use this information in the upcoming B. C. Supreme court hearing to argue that she was a victim of violations of process and violations of the Charter of rights so egregious that the extradition procedure needs to be inverted.
48-year-old, projected to extend into 2021. Meng denied all charges against her.
She has been living under house arrest — accompanied by security guards and ordered to wear a GPS ankle bracelet at one of two multi-million dollar homes it owns on Vancouver’s West Side, after its release on $10 million bail this week after her arrest.
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