Spies, Lies and Crimes Inside Canada's Secret Service
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Toronto, Canada
Year Published: 2002
Pages: 368pp ISBN: 9780679311164
A unique, unprecedented look at the inner workings of our domestic secret service by a leading investigative reporter. An alarming portrait of incompetence -- and worse -- inside the agency that is supposed to protect us from terrorism.
Canadas espionage agency enjoys operating deep in the shadows. Set up as a civilian force in the early eighties after the RCMP spy service was abolished for criminal excesses, no news is good news for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). This countrys spymasters work diligently to prevent journalists, politicians and watchdog agencies from prying into their secret world.
In Covert Entry, the award-winning investigative reporter Andrew Mitrovica uncovers a disturbing pattern of corruption, law-breaking and incompetence deep inside the service, and provides readers with a troubling window on its daily operations.
At its core, Covert Entry traces the eventful career of a veteran undercover operative who worked on some of the services most sensitive cases and was ordered to break the law by senior CSIS officers, in the name of national security. Like Philip Agees Inside the Company: CIA Diary, Mitrovicas book delivers a ground-level, day-to-day look at who is actually running the show in clandestine operations inside Canada. The picture he paints does not fill one with confidence and definitively shatters the myth that CSIS respects the rights and liberties it is charged with protecting.