Soviet Espionage in Ottawa

Category:  Historical Reprints.
SourceStraight Talk! Published By The Edmund Burke Society.
Editor:  F. Paul Fromm
Associate Editor:  Kastuś Akula
Writers:  E.B.S. members and friends
Directors:  The Council of the E.B.S.
Volume IV Number 5, February 1972.

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Soviet Espionage in Ottawa

(The following is a translation from a German intelligence report. FPF)

The Soviet Intelligence service has developed Ottawa for many years as their most important outpost in North America.  The Soviets can operate from Ottawa much easier [sic] than from Washington.  In the ’40’s and ’50’s this developed into an extremely large operation.

In the late 1940’s, Soviet cipher clerk, Igor Gouzenko, asked for political asylum and disclosed many of the activities of the Soviet Intelligence network in Canada.  The Gouzenko disclosures led to the arrest of Mr. Rose, a Communist Member of Parliament and put an end to the secrecy of the red operation in Ottawa.

Thereafter, Moscow reorganized its spy system.  Today, the Soviet secret service centre is no longer located in the Soviet Embassy, but rather in a small, innocent-looking office on Augusta Street in Ottawa.  This is the headquarters of the Soviet news-agency, “Mowostji.” Here works the young Soviet newsman, Algis Chekoulis, a Lithuanian by birth.  His assignment is to influence Canadian newsmen and officials.  He cultivates friendships with Ottawa-based newsmen; entertains them in local restaurants; and solicits articles for Soviet magazines which are paid for at a rate at least four times the normal one.  If the Canadians comply with these requests, they are engaged for more serious work.  When Algis Chekoulis tried to determine, through his Canadian “co-workers” the activities of the Chinese assigned to the new communist embassy, he created quite a diplomatic scandal.  Instead of forwarding their findings to “Mowostji,” his two friends went to the R.C.M.P.  THIS WAS IMMEDIATELY HUSHED UP BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT!  TOTAL SILENCE WAS IMPOSED.

This was done for the explicit reason:  WE DO NOT WANT ANOTHER GOUZENKO AFFAIR!  The file on Chekoulis and his propaganda & espionage system was closed.

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