The gouzenko affair

As a Gouzenkologist I have been waiting for a really good book to come out about Gouzenko and his impact on history for a long time. I heard a long time ago that Amy Knight was writing a book and I really looked forward to it. I just finished reading it and I am still waiting for a really good book to be written about Gouzenko and his impact on history.

The gouzenko affair

March 2, by coryrypkema Leave a comment This blog post is intended to summarize the presentation given in class by Adrian Jelic, Gagan Cheema, Lucas Jakubec, Kevin Young, and Cory The gouzenko affair, and will gather together the information presented by each individual into one post.

A good summary of the issue is presented here: On the evening of September 5th,Gouzenko left the embassy carrying a large number of secret documents.

His intention was to defect and turn these documents over to the Canadian authorities. These documents apparently revealed information that showed a network of spies 10 Canadian, 1 British, totalling 9 men and 2 women operating in Canada.

These spies were working as Canadian civil servants while simultaneously working for Soviet intelligence. They were apparently attempting to gather secret information regarding the atomic bomb.

The Soviets had been denied access to this intelligence after World War 2, as it had been restricted to only the United States, Britain, and Canada.

Gouzenko had a streak of very bad luck in attempting to defect. He attempted to go to the Ottawa Journal newspaper but they refused to believe him, instead directing him to the Department of Justice. Gouzenko could not have his evidence heard here either as nobody was on duty the night he arrived.

Worrying that his betrayal had been discovered, Gouzenko hid out in the apartment of a neighbour and watched as Soviet agents ransacked his apartment, searching for him and the missing documents.

It was after this incident that people started to take him a bit more seriously. It has been well documented that at first, Prime Minister King wanted nothing to do with Gouzenko or his documents, fearing that becoming involved would be seen as an unfriendly act against Russia.

Under these acts, suspects could be seized and detained indefinitely, and also forced to give testimony to the commissioners or else be charged with contempt.

The gouzenko affair

Another power is that the commissioners were allowed to presume all suspects guilty until proven innocent, a total reversal of Canadian due process rights.

All people arrested or detained during this period were held incommunicado. This means that they were held in total isolation and not allowed to speak to anyone, and this was seen as a necessary step because any delay in obtaining crucial information would be detrimental to Canadian society.

Arrests made during this period are an example of indefinite detention. These people had no idea what was happening to them or when they would be free again. This was a period before the Charter, and things were a lot different.

An example of the extreme powers of the Commission came on February 15th,when a large number of individuals were arrested simply because Gouzenko named them as possible enemies of the state.

The Commission made seven recommendations after all was said and done, mostly focused around the censoring of information that was in the report, as well as recommendations for taking steps to ensure that this sort of infiltration would not happen again. One interesting recommendation is the final one: That the practice and procedure in connection with the issue of Canadian passports be revised, because there was apparently some evidence showing that naturalization and birth certificates had been improperly obtained by some people.

Around this time, though before the Gouzenko affair began, the Padlock Law was introduced in Quebec in Our presentation also looked at two modern examples of this kind of issue. First, that of Sub Lieutenant Jeffrey Delisle.

Lieutenant Delisle was charged with passing classified information to a foreign entity.

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He was arrested January 13th and charged under the Security of Information Act that was passed after the September 11th attacks.The Gouzenko Affair The Story On Sept.

5, , just after the end of the Second World War, a Russian cipher clerk named Igor Gouzenko fled the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa with documents proving. Gouzenko Affair: 5 Sept On the evening of 5 September, Igor Gouzenko, walked out of the Soviet embassy in Ottawa. Under his coat, he carried several documents relating to Soviet espionage activities in Canada and the United States.

The Gouzenko affair was the most important event in Canada during the Cold War because this was the discovery of a Soviet spy ring in Canada. Thesis The events on September 5, is what got Canada involved in the cold war and that the Gouzenko affair is the most important event of the cold war for us Canadians because it opened our eyes to the large amount and danger of soviet espionage.

Igor Gouzenko Sections. Defection of Igor Gouzenko ; William Stephenson ; Kim Philby ; Life in Canada ; The Fall of a Titan ; Roger Hollis ; Primary Sources; References; Igor Gouzenko was born in Rogachovo, Russia on 13th January, He worked as a cipher clerk at the Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU) in Moscow.

"I had a desk in what had been the ballroom of a pre-revolutionary mansion. The Gouzenko Affair and the Cold War Soviet Spies in Canada On the evening of September 5, Igor Gouzenko, a cipher clerk for the military attaché, Colonel Nikolai Zabotin of the Soviet embassy in Ottawa, left the embassy carrying a number of secret documents.

The Gouzenko Affair Igor Gouzenko was born in in a village not far from Moscow. At the beginning of World War II, Gouzenko joined the military service and trained as a cipher clerk.

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