Hack­ers boast they have Harper’s most ‘cher­ished se­crets’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

The fed­eral govern­ment is say­ing lit­tle about an ap­par­ent breach in­volv­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion — one that could snow­ball into a se­ri­ous com­pro­mise of closely guarded se­crets.

Dig­i­tal hack­ing col­lec­tive Anony­mous made good late Monday on a threat to re­lease what it says is the first of many sen­si­tive doc­u­ments.

It posted on­line what ap­peared to be a 2014 Trea­sury Board memo about fund­ing of the Cana­dian Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice’s over­seas com­mu­ni­ca­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties. But as of Tues­day morn­ing, the doc­u­ment could not be ac­cessed through the orig­i­nal link.

The Cana­dian Press could not con­firm the doc­u­ment’s authen­tic­ity and Jeremy Lau­rin, a spokesman for Pub­lic Safety Min­is­ter Steven Blaney, would not com­ment.

Lau­rin said Tues­day that of­fi­cials “con­tinue to mon­i­tor this sit­u­a­tion closely.”

In an ac­com­pa­ny­ing video state­ment, Anony­mous de­nounced the July 16 fa­tal shoot­ing of a sup­porter in Daw­son Creek, B.C., dur­ing a con­fronta­tion with the RCMP.

Of­fi­cers chal­lenged and sub­se­quently fired on the man, who was wear­ing a mask — an Anony­mous trade­mark — out­side a pub­lic hear­ing for a dam project to be built by BC Hy­dro.

A knife was re­cov­ered from the scene. The man has been iden­ti­fied as 48-year-old James McIn­tyre.

B.C.’s po­lice watch­dog, the In­de­pen­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tions Of­fice, is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

An Anony­mous video ac­com­pa­ny­ing the al­leged Trea­sury Board doc­u­ment be­gins with a mo­ment of si­lence for “our fallen friend” McIn­tyre.

The shad­owy, loosely knit col­lec­tive is de­mand­ing the im­me­di­ate ar­rest of the RCMP of­fi­cers in­volved.

“Un­less and un­til that hap­pens we will be re­leas­ing stun­ning se­crets at ir­reg­u­lar in­ter­vals.”

The video harshly crit­i­cizes the Harper govern­ment, po­lice, se­cu­rity agen­cies and cor­po­ra­tions, say­ing they have branded “any­one op­pos­ing their fos­sil-fuel agenda to be a ter­ror­ist.”

It also de­nounces “covert, war­rant­less sur­veil­lance” and the govern­ment’s re­cently passed om­nibus se­cu­rity bill, known as C-51.

“Anony­mous has been col­lect­ing bits of ev­i­dence and mak­ing plans for many months,” the video says.

The group seems to have se­lected the ini­tial doc­u­ment for post­ing be­cause — if gen­uine — it shows fed­eral min­is­ters made de­ci­sions over at least a four-year pe­riod to up­date se­cu­rity sys­tems do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions, you left many doors open for us,” the group says. “We are now privy to many of Stephen Harper’s cher­ished se­crets.”

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