Cautious Beginnings: Canadian Foreign Intelligence, 1939-51 by Kurt F. Jensen

By Kurt F. Jensen

Kurt F. Jensen argues that Canada was once a extra energetic intelligence associate in the Second international War alliance than has formerly been prompt. He describes Canada’s contributions to Allied intelligence ahead of the struggle started, in addition to the extraordinarily Canadian actions that began from that time. He finds how the govt. created an intelligence association in the course of the struggle to assist Allied assets. it is a convincing portrait of a state with an energetic function in moment global battle intelligence collecting, one who keeps to steer the structure of its present functions.  

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Since available information was often of tangential interest only, it was impossible to establish a readership of the material among decision makers whose immediate priorities often lay elsewhere. Foreign Intelligence at the Beginning of the War In the decade following the First World War, the military conducted only one training course on intelligence. L. McNaughton wrote his minister, seeking guidance. He noted, “Most of the incoming [intelligence] information stops in the Department [of National Defence] and ...

In postwar articles about his experience, Little is mute about any contacts of this nature that he or Drake had with Stone. Perhaps it was simply an innocent conversation bereft of insubordinate intent. Whatever the cause, Drake was highly regarded by the DEA for the rest of his career. At about the same time, Norman Robertson received a letter from Lester B. Pearson, who was posted at the time at the Canadian High Commission in London. Pearson wrote that the British War Office was reluctant to continue decrypting intercepts from the Vichy legation in Ottawa, which the Rockcliffe station was recording and forwarding to British intelligence for processing.

The station, which was a link in a growing British effort to maintain global surveillance of radio communications, would work in tandem with a similar station in Singapore. The Royal Navy trained the SIGINT collection staff at Esquimalt, and may have supplied their own intelligence staff. Details are sketchy but it seems possible that the RCN was not aware at the time of all of the intelligence-gathering activities carried out by the British at Esquimalt. 22 While the RCN co-operated closely with the British Admiralty on SIGINT matters, other small SIGINT activities had been quietly launched during the interwar period elsewhere in the Canadian government.

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