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Canadian Intelligence Agent Allegedly Arrested in Turkey, Accused of Helping ISIS


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Canadian Intelligence Agent Allegedly Arrested in Turkey, Accused of Helping ISIS

March 12, 2015

by Ben Makuch


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Turkish National Gendarmarie car. Photo via Flickr user Dave Conner

If a report from a Turkish daily newspaper is to be believed, the Turkish government, long suspected of supporting ISIS in its war in Syria and Iraq, has a Canadian intelligence agent in its custody.

According to the Daily Sabah, Turkish authorities arrested the agent after they helpedthree British girls recently join the ranks of the Islamic State. Speaking to Turkish television on the flow of foreign fighters into Syria and Iraq from the Turkish border, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu accused a member of a foreign intelligence service of helping to ferry those British girls into the warzones of northern Syria.

"We were informed by Britain about three girls who left to join ISIS a few days after they departed for Turkey," said Çavuşoğlu during the interview. "This person was working for the intelligence service of a country participating in the coalition against ISIS. This country is not the United States or a member of the European Union. I told this to the British foreign secretary and he replied 'as usual."

The Daily Sabah reports that several Turkish media outlets claim that the individual currently in detention is a Canadian, while it is known that the current coalition against ISIS includes Canada, Australia, and other Arab countries within the region.

The report comes on the heels of expanded foreign spying powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Bill C-51 that promises to bolster the legal capabilities of law enforcement agencies to surveil and arrest terrorist threats in Canada.

VICE Canada has reached out to the CSIS, Turkish diplomatic officials in Canada, and the Foreign Affairs Department and has yet to receive a reply.

We will update as this story develops.

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