Iranian-Born Maryam Monsef Mishandled Classified Documents

Iranian-Born Maryam Monsef Mishandled Classified Documents

There have been more than 10,000 incidents of classified or secure documents being improperly left or stored since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government came to office.

According to a document quietly tabled in the House of Commons, the highest number of incidents took place in Public Services and Procurement Canada, which reported 2,912 cases of documents not handled according to the security level dictated for the documents between Nov. 4, 2015, and Sept. 19, 2016. The Global Affairs Department was a close second with 2,712 incidents.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Canada's spy agency, came third with 659 cases. The agency said 12 of the incidents were sent for further investigation.

It is not known whether any of the incidents led to security or privacy breaches. Nobody has lost their security clearance as a result of documents being handled improperly.

    The full extent of the incidents within the federal government is also not known. While the government's answer to a question placed on the order paper adds up to 10,239 incidents, it did not include answers from either the Canada Revenue Agency or the Justice Department, which have thousands of employees who deal with a lot of sensitive files.

    Twenty-four departments reported they had no incidents of mishandling secure or protected documents.

    The Iranian-born rookie Democratic Reform Minister, Maryam Monsef, led the pack with 11 incidents of classified or secured documents not being cared for properly. They were among the 161 incidents that occurred in the Privy Council Office. Canadians have expressed concern about someone who was born in an Islamic extremist hotbed mishandling secured information.

    Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale's office had six cases during the time frame covered by the government's answer. In total, the Public Safety Department had 272 incidents.

     

    With files from CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-security-documents-incidents-1.3841061

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