Canadian leaks have not damaged intelligence sharing relationship, senior U.S. official says

2023-03-26 16:07:02  • 4 mins

A senior American national security official says Canadian leaks of information around allegations of foreign election interference from China have not affectedkey international intelligence sharing relationships.

"There's no breach of trust with Canada or the Five Eyes relationship whatsoever," said John Kirby,co-ordinator for strategic communicationsat the National Security Council, in an interview Sunday onRosemary Barton Live. The Five Eyes alliance is made up ofCanada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Kirby, a retired U.S. admiral who previously served as press secretary for the Pentagon under the administrations of presidents Barack Obama and Joe Biden, told CBC chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton that the U.S. was supportive of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's efforts on this question.

"We share Prime Minister Trudeau's deep concerns over this. He has launched an investigation. We understand the Parliament is also looking into this. We think that's the right thing to do. In the United States, he'll have a a friend and a partner should he need any and in that work," Kirby said.

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