Canada's Spy Agency Was Watching Standing Rock

CSIS believes the protests in North Dakota and cases of pipeline sabotage have implications for Canada.

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Mar 15 2017, 10:06pm

Two secret reports on Standing Rock obtained by VICE News show the Canadian spy agency has been monitoring the protest camps and acts of pipeline sabotage in the U.S. and believes they have Canadian implications.

The documents shed light on how Canada's security apparatus viewed the massive mobilization of opposition to the $3-8-billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which the protesters said will destroy sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and threaten their water supply.

In one document dated Sept 22, 2016, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) states "there is strong Canadian Aboriginal support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as many see similarities to their own struggles against proposed pipeline construction in Canada (Northern Gateway, Pacific Trails, Energy East, etc.)."

The intelligence service also writes that there is a Canadian dimension to the "co-ordinated sabotage in support of Standing Rock."

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