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Igor Gouzenko testimony finally released

The Story


After 36 years of secrecy, Igor Gouzenko's testimony before the Kellock-Taschereau Royal Commission of 1946 is made public. The testimony fills 6,000 pages and reveals details of a spy network operating in Canada. But a new NFB-CBC documentary compares the handling of the Gouzenko affair by the RCMP and the Mackenzie King government to a comic opera, full of bungling, mistakes and misunderstanding.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Oct. 15, 1981
Guest: Cecil Bayfield
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Terry Milewski
Duration: 2:54

Did You know?


• The Royal Commission on Espionage was led by Supreme Court judges Robert Taschereau and R.L. Kellock. Its full name was the Royal Commission to Investigate Facts Relating to and the Circumstances Surrounding the Communication, by Public Officials and Other Persons in Positions of Trust of Secret and Confidential Information to Agents of a Foreign Power.

• The Most Dangerous Spy was the first part of a three-part CBC/NFB documentary series about Canada's national security operations and civil liberties called On Guard For Thee produced by Donald Brittain.


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