July 5, 2010
Activists say spy chief is right, China is spying
By BRIAN LILLEY, Parliamentary Bureau
OTTAWA ‐ Politicians of Chinese descent in British Columbia have demanded an apology from
Canadian Security Intelligence Service boss Richard Fadden, but Chinese‐Canadian activists
were on Parliament Hill Monday to say his claims are true.
Supporters and practitioners of the Chinese religious movement Falun Gong say China is
actively spying on Canadians.
“The Falun Gong practitioners have been the target of the Chinese regime’s interference in
Canada for over 10 years,” said Lucy Zhou.
Zhou pointed to an affidavit signed by a former Chinese diplomat that laid out in detail how
diplomatic staff are expected to disrupt Falun Gong activities and influence foreign media and
John Thompson, who heads up the Mackenzie Institute, a security minded think‐tank, says
China isn’t alone in trying to gain influence.
Thompson, who is often called on by media outlets to offer up analysis, says he was offered
$80,000 by a man tied to Iran’s mission in Canada.
“They wanted me to publish a piece on the Mujahedin‐e Khalq,” he said. “Iran is trying to get
other countries to label it as a terrorist cult.” Thompson says he turned down the offer.
Thompson says other countries involved in this type of activity include Russia, Saudi Arabia and
even allies like France.
“The French play realpolitik and have always been very aggressive at industrial espionage,” said