Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Document Case Has Potential to Hurt Canada
Former national security adviser to the prime minister, Vincent Rigby, has pointed out that the Trump document leak could negatively affect Canada. The country is part of Five Eyes, an intelligence-sharing organization that also includes the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and the US. A leak from one country could affect others as well.
“I was absolutely stunned that based on the media reports that I saw, he had in his possession what are reputed to be very, very sensitive documents and it’s just something that is unheard of,” said Vincent Rigby in an interview with The Fifth Estate. He added that it’s very hard to believe someone was able to take those documents out of the White House, get on a plane or in a vehicle and go to Florida to stash them, effectively, in a basement.
Former US President Donald Trump’s residence, Mar-a-Lago, was searched on August 8 by the FBI, and 100 documents with classification markings were found in his bedroom, office, and a first-floor storage room. Of these documents, 54 were marked secret, 31 were marked confidential, and 18 were marked top secret.
The breach in security could impact Canada as well, according to Rigby. Canada and the US are part of an intelligence-sharing organization called Five Eyes. Any potential security breach for one member of the organization has a ripple effect within the entire group. It would also affect agencies like the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE).