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    In the Canadian parliament on Thursday (9 February), the Canadian Minister for External Affairs, Mr.?

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    MV INT Canadian Minister for External Affairs, Mr. Don Jamieson, addressing Canadian parliament in Ottawa

    MV EXT Soviet officials entering Soviet Embassy in Ottawa

    MV EXT Another Soviet official entering embassy

    MV INT Jamieson addressing Canadian parliament

    MV INT Canadian M.P. Mr. Ed Broadbent addressing parliament

    MVs EXT Soviet official in Soviet Embassy grounds (2 shots)

    MV EXT Soviet Embassy nameplate

    MV INT Jamieson at news conference

    JAMIESON: "Igor P. Yartanian...."

    PHILLIPS: "Don Jamieson read off the names of 13 Russians in the Commons this afternoon. All, he said, were involved in a spy ring trying to crack the RCMP security service. Two of the Russians have already returned to the Soviet Union. The rest have been asked to leave Canada immediately.

    "The Soviet Embassy in Ottawa was alive with comings and goings this afternoon as news broke of their attempt to pry information from the RCMP. The Russians offered a RCMP officer money for details on the operation and personalities in the force's security service. The officer played along on instructions from his superior. In the last nine months of the year the Soviets paid the officer 30,500 dollars as he was authorised to give them unclassified information in a successful attempt to smash the spy ring.

    "The operation as described by Jamieson this afternoon had all the cloak and dagger elements of a spy novel."

    JAMIESON: "This case proved to be a classic example of an intelligence operation involving complex signalling systems, coded passwords, secret concealment devices, all for the purpose of arranging clandestine meetings between the RCMP member and the Soviet agent. As an example, on different occasions, filmed instructions were passed to the RCMP member in a hollowed-out stick and a specially prepared package of cigarettes."

    PHILLIPS: "Jamieson referred to today's news as a serious setback in Canada-Soviet relations. But he would not go so far as to do what Ed Broadbent suggested, and recall Canada's Ambassador to Moscow.

    "The 13 expulsions are believed to be the greatest number ever at any one time, and the biggest spy scandal in Canada since the Gizenko Affair of the 1940's. That one incriminated nine people."

    JAMIESON: "I have no way of knowing, other than in my statement today, I indicated that I anticipated that this obviously would put additional strains on our relationship... something which I very much regret. I think you are aware that it has been part of my effort and my predecessor's indeed, to try to establish a closer and more friendly relationship with the Soviet Union, and, of course, that has occurred over a number of fronts. Therefore this can not fail to be a setback to those goals....which incidentally I believe there are a great many people in the Soviet Union who also share. But in specific terms I can not, of course, forecast what is likely to happen. I can tell you that the Under-Secretary advised the ambassador today of my view that it would not be appropriate for me to accept an invitation which had already been extended to me to visit the Soviet Union in the month of March."

    First official reaction from the Soviet Union to the expulsions and the Canadian charges of a Soviet spy ring in Ottawa was that the allegations were "groundless". It is also reported that the publicity given to the affair has helped the reputation of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At the present time the force is involved in a scandal over alleged illegal spying operations against Canadian citizens. Ed Broadbent is a member of the Canadian Parliament.

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    Background: In the Canadian parliament on Thursday (9 February), the Canadian Minister for External Affairs, Mr. Donald Jamieson, announced that Canada was expelling 11 Soviet diplomats for spying. He also said that two other Russians who had already left the country would not be allowed to return. The 13 Soviet diplomats are said to have taken part in an elaborate spy plot involving a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Mountie was given over 30,000 Canadian dollars in return for what Soviets thought was secret information. Instead it was huge material supplied by his superiors to trap the spy ring. With a report on the affair, here's Mark Phillips of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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