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CSIS confirms director has COVID-19, amid debate over workplace safety at intelligence agency


COVID-19 pandemic has hit Canada’s intelligence service, including director David Vigneault, who has contracted the virus, the agency confirmed on Wednesday.In a statement to Global News, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said Vigneault “recently contracted COVID-19 and as a result … has been working from home.”CSIS is also dealing with “limited and contained” outbreaks of COVID-19 at some of its offices, spokesperson John Townsend said.

He did not specify the locations.Because of its national security role, CSIS has kept its national headquarters in Ottawa, as well as its regional offices across Canada and foreign stations, operational during the pandemic.“CSIS’s mission remains the protection of Canada’s national security.

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