Spying not illegal, says Canada eavesdropping chief
OTTAWA (AFP) - Canada's electronic eavesdropping agency chief spoke for the first time on Wednesday since allegations of spying on Brazil's mining and energy ministry, saying its work is legal and doesn't target Canadians.
Mr John Forster, head of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSE), was speaking at a technology conference in Ottawa, after Brazilian TV station Globo said on Sunday that the agency carried out industrial espionage against Brazil's government.
The report was based on documents leaked by former United States (US) intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
"I can tell you that we do not target Canadians at home or abroad in our foreign intelligence activities, nor do we target anyone in Canada. In fact, it's prohibited by law. Protecting the privacy of Canadians is our most important principle," he said.