CSIS, Canadian State Secrets Targeted By Russia And China, Agency Warns

OTTAWA — Canada's spy agency is openly warning that Russia and China are out to steal the country's most prized secrets.

The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, which rarely identifies security threats by name, makes the frank statement in briefing notes prepared for service director Michel Coulombe.

While Canada grapples with the problem of jihadi-inspired extremists, the long-standing threat of espionage is also a worrisome preoccupation, the spy agency says in the notes.

"Russia and China, in particular, continue to target Canada's classified information and advanced technology, as well as government officials and systems.''

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