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Source: Global News

‘No one is going to stick their neck out:’ Memos suggest Saudi threats chilled support for Canadian tweets

Today 09:53 GMT

That seems to have been the strategy Saudi Arabia used to muzzle allies from speaking out in support of Canada in a diplomatic crisis that broke out in August over a tweet calling for the release of detained civil and women’s rights activists.

READ MORE: The exclusive report on how Canada spent months on Saudi diplomacy before embassy suggested tweet behind firestorm. As Global News was the first to report on Friday, the unprecedented backlash to the tweet posted in Arabic by the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh caught officials in both Ottawa and the embassy unprepared and left them reeling as they tried to figure out what was happening.

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Source: CTV

Spy agency expects 'state-sponsored' attempts to sway public opinion

Friday 11:46 GMT

Canada's cyber spy agency is warning that in 2019—an election year—state-sponsored actors are "very likely" to try to sway Canadians' public opinion. "In the coming year, we anticipate state-sponsored cyber threat actors will attempt to advance their national strategic objectives by targeting Canadians' opinions through malicious online influence activity," says the CSE in a newly released report on the current cyber threat environment Canada is facing.

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Source: CTV

Spy agency expects foreign actors to attempt to sway public opinion online

Friday 15:26 GMT

Canada's cyber spy agency is warning that in 2019—an election year—foreign countries are "very likely" to try to sway Canadians' public opinion with misinformation online. "In the coming year, we anticipate state-sponsored cyber threat actors will attempt to advance their national strategic objectives by targeting Canadians' opinions through malicious online influence activity," says Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in a newly released report on the current cyber threat environment Canada is facing.

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Source: Common Domain

Election of Merkel Ally Defuses Threat to Her Authority, For Now

Saturday 14:31 GMT

Angela Merkel bowed out of party politics on Friday as her conservatives elected a close ally of the chancellor to succeed her as head of her party, beginning what could be a protracted twilight for one of Europe’s most resilient leaders.

Yet, Friday’s election of her protégé to replace her as chairwoman of their party could stabilize Ms. Merkel’s fragile government in the near future. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, currently CDU secretary-general, will replace her at the helm of the Christian Democratic Union.


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte