U.S assassination plot indictment validates Trudeau on India: ex-CSIS heads

One of Canada’s former top spies says that the American indictment linking an alleged assassination attempt orchestrated by an Indian government employee re-enforces the validity of allegations made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in September.

Trudeau alleged that Canada had intelligence that agents of the Indian government may have been involved in the murder of Sikh separatist activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in B.C. this summer.

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Fadden says that while Nijjar was warned of a threat prior to his death, he believes that there likely was not enough intelligence at that point to prevent the Sikh leader’s murder.

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“To just say there’s a threat, as important as that is, if you don’t give some sense of the time frame and the location. There’s very little anybody can do. And I think they did lack actionable intelligence,” Fadden said. “So, I think it’s it really is difficult to compare the two.”

The RCMP declined comment on where things stand in the Nijjar investigation, as it is still ongoing.

At the outset, they said they were seeking two masked, heavier-set men. Nijjar was ambushed while sitting in a truck in the parking lot of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara. RCMP later said they were seeking a 2008 silver Toyota Camry parked near the scene, believed to be a getaway vehicle.

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While the investigation remains open, Elcock is not optimistic about it.

“There probably is very little evidence that the that that will be found. My suspicion is that the people who carried out the attack are probably long gone wherever they came from,” he said. “So, the likelihood of an ultimate prosecution seems pretty unlikely at this point. Not impossible, but pretty unlikely.”

On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly called on India to cooperate with Canada in this investigation, like that country says they are doing with U.S. officials.

Instead, Trudeau’s public announcement of the allegations triggered a diplomatic row between the two nations.

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While Elcock wouldn’t weigh into the politics of Trudeau’s decision to go public with the allegations, he anticipates India will make good on their word to work with the Americans.

“One suspects that what [India] will ultimately probably do is have an investigation, find a few malcontents, and then declare victory and move on or try and move on,” he said.

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