Toronto, Saturday, September 18, 2004
stolen, ex-spy says at Zündel deportation
By Kirk Makin
A FORMER Canadian Security
Intelligence Services agent's detailed notes about
his experiences at the spy agency were stolen soon
after he went public about his employer's
shortcomings in 2000, the ex-agent testified
Testifying at the deportation hearing of
Ernst Zündel in Toronto, former agent
John Farrell said that both his computer and
a collection of hard-copy notes disappeared. He
said the loss has left him unable to answer many of
the questions posed by Mr. Zündel's
The material disappeared from a friend's home
where he had left it for safekeeping, Mr. Farrell
At the time, Mr. Farrell testified, he was
working with former Globe and Mail reporter
Andrew Mitrovica to write articles about
CSIS not having paid him $72,000 in overtime pay,
as well as about dubious practices at the
Mr. Farrell eventually collaborated with Mr.
Mitrovica on a book -- Covert Entry/ --
which details alleged underhandedness, incompetence
and illegal activity by CSIS.
Mr. Zündel's lawyers -- Peter
Lindsay and Chi-Kun Shi -- have been
trying to erode the spy agency's credibility as a
supplier of reliable information, hoping it will
rock the faith of Mr. Justice Pierre Blais
of the Federal Court in secret evidence the agency
is using to justify deporting Mr. Zündel as a
In contrast to his first day in the witness box,
Mr. Farrell frequently said yesterday that he could
not recall what lay behind book excerpts.
"It's all escaped your memory?" Mr. Lindsay
asked at one point.
"I did have nine years of detailed notes in a
computer, but that computer was stolen," Mr.
Farrell replied. "I reported the computer because
it had money value. The notes, on the other hand,
were the property of the government."
Much of the session was consumed by arguments
over whether Mr. Lindsay's questions were
sufficiently connected to the Zündel case
itself. Eventually, Mr. Lindsay gave up altogether
and ended his examination.
Judge Blais repeatedly disallowed questions
aimed at discrediting CSIS and the Security
Intelligence Review Committee in a general way,
saying they did not probe directly into Mr.
Zündel's treatment by the agency. He also
refused to let the defence call Mr. Mitrovica as a
"CSIS is not on trial here," Judge Blais said.
"SIRC is not on trial, either. I think this is a
waste of time."
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