Canada's national police force and its spy agency were not the ones spying on cell phones of people around Parliament Hill. But both are now looking into how to figure out who is behind the clandestine activities, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Tuesday.
Responding to a report from the CBC on Monday, Goodale told reporters that he had asked both RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson and Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Michel Coulombe about the spying on Tuesday, and both confirmed they were not involved.
"First of all, while we do not provide running commentaries on operational matters, the activity that was reported last evening does not, I repeat, does not involve a Canadian agency like the RCMP or CSIS," Goodale said. "And secondly, those activities are now under active investigation by both the RCMP and CSIS."
The CBC reported on Monday that someone was using a device that mimics a cell phone tower to spy on any user that unwittingly connects to the network, gaining access to data and phone calls on the person's device.
"Obviously, we are very anxious to determine who lies at the source of this activity, and that's why both CSIS and the RCMP are investigating," said Goodale.
The minister added that Canadian agencies have this type of technology in their arsenal, but only use it "in compliance with the law and lawful authorities."