The Spy Who Briefed Me: - The benefits and risks of cooperation
8 March 2023
Second, and concomitantly, there has been an increase in the number of people that have access to classified information and briefings, growing the size of the intelligence and national security community. [...] As noted above, the Privy Council Office, under the leadership of the National Security and Intelligence Adviser to the prime Minister – is too weak to play a strong, community-wide leadership and coordination role. [...] This raises the issue of the bureaucratic governance of the national security and intelligence community. [...] TSAS Research Brief the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP) and the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency (NSIRA), in particular, have completely overhauled what was until then an inadequate and underdeveloped review and oversight mechanism (West 2021: 257-273. [...] Politicization The growing ties between core intelligence agencies and non-traditional partners also has the potential to reshape broader interactions between the intelligence and political realms in Canada.1 In our research, we found no evidence of cases of the hard politicization of intelligence analysis in Canada.