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WikiLeaks and the Canadian Election

Every week, I would tweet at the WikiLeaks account asking for the Canadian Embassy and Consulate cables, and today they have arrived. There’s quite a few revelations, but not many that are a huge surprise. The cables that I was most interested in reading were the ones from Consulate Vancouver</a> about the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. They show just how paranoid the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit was during the Olympics, and due to the activities of the Olympic Resistance Network and other Anti-Olympics activists, if you search in cablesearch</a> for the word “anarchist”, these cables will show up.

In the cables, there’s confirmation of <a href=http://wikileaks.ch/cable/2008/02/08OTTAWA311.html”>Stephen Harper promising new legislation to the Americans</a>, as well as the United States finding Canadian public pressure rather troublesome. The United States appears to find things such as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms troublesome</a>, given that Canadian law interprets the right to unlawful search and seizure to mean information. It is not unreasonable for any Canadian to expect that their government would not share their personal information with a foreign agency like the Department of Homeland Security.

Other things relating to the election include: