The intelligence-sharing coalition known as the ‘Five Eyes,’ encompassing the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, reportedly played a pivotal role in furnishing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with information leading to his serious allegations against the Indian government. These allegations pointed to the supposed involvement of Indian state agents in the June assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a prominent Sikh separatist based in British Columbia.
Nijjar, a known advocate for the establishment of an independent Sikh nation in Punjab, had been on India’s radar since 2020. India vehemently refutes these claims, dismissing them as absurd and politically charged. Trudeau’s incriminating statements were reportedly based on intelligence, potentially from the US, obtained through the coordinated efforts of the Five Eyes alliance, a fact later revealed by the US Ambassador to Canada David Cohen.
“There was shared intelligence among Five Eyes partners that helped lead Canada to making the statements that the prime minister made,” Cohen told CTV News in an interview.
While the exact nature and source of the intelligence remain undisclosed, this revelation implies extensive cooperation and communication between Canada and the US regarding this matter. Reports suggest that Canada’s intelligence agencies might have utilized signals intelligence, including wiretapping and surveillance of Indian diplomats, in the months following Nijjar’s death.
The US’s public stance on Trudeau’s allegations has been one of cautious concern, refraining from publicly directly endorsing Canada’s claims. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Washington was “deeply concerned” over the Canadian government’s allegations, but added that “the facts should take the investigators where they may.” He maintained that America’s relationship with India “remains vitally important not only for the South Asian region but of course for the Indo-Pacific.”
The unfolding of these events has inevitably strained relations between India and Canada, leading to reciprocal expulsion of diplomats and India’s suspension of visa processing for Canadian citizens. The diplomatic tension escalates existing friction between the two nations, with India already alleging Canada’s lack of seriousness regarding the threat of Sikh separatism.
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