Shamima Begum ‘was smuggled into Syria by Canadian SPY’: book claims teen helped by double agent

Shamima Begum and her two teenage friends were smuggled into Syria by a spy working for Canada – before Justin Trudeau’s nation then conspired with Britain to cover up their role, a new book claims.

The so-called jihadi bride was stripped of her British citizenship in 2019 after fleeing the UK four years earlier to join the Islamic State (IS).

New revelations say the 23-year-old was smuggled into the Middle East by a double agent who is on the payroll of both IS and Canadian intelligence.

But officials in Ottawa then reportedly remained silent even as Scotland Yard conducted a major international search for Begum and her friends Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana, according to The Secret History of the Five Eyes.

Five Eyes is an intelligence-sharing alliance formed during the Cold War between Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Journalist Richard Kerbaj’s book claims that Canada eventually admitted its involvement in the conspiracy as bosses feared exposure, and then also managed to persuade Britain to cover up its role.

In response to the claims, an investigation into what police and intelligence agencies knew about Canada’s activities has been called for.

Shamima Begum and her two teenage friends were smuggled into Syria by a spy working for Canada - before Justin Trudeau's nation then conspired with Britain to cover up their role, a new book claims

Shamima Begum and her two teenage friends were smuggled into Syria by a spy working for Canada – before Justin Trudeau’s nation then conspired with Britain to cover up their role, a new book claims

The so-called jihadi bride was stripped of her British citizenship in 2019 after fleeing the UK four years earlier to join the Islamic State (IS).

The so-called jihadi bride was stripped of her British citizenship in 2019 after fleeing the UK four years earlier to join the Islamic State (IS).

The Secret History of the Five Eyes, by journalist Richard Kerbaj, claims Canada eventually admitted its involvement in the conspiracy as bosses feared exposure, and then also managed to persuade Britain to cover up its role

The Secret History of the Five Eyes, by journalist Richard Kerbaj, claims Canada eventually admitted its involvement in the conspiracy as bosses feared exposure, and then also managed to persuade Britain to cover up its role

What is Five Eyes?

Five Eyes is an intelligence-sharing alliance between the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The origins of Five Eyes (FVEY) date back to World War II, when British and American codebreakers began exchanging information.

After the war, Winston Churchill stressed the importance of “brotherly uniting the English-speaking peoples” to prevent an expansion of the Soviet sphere of influence.

As the Cold War progressed, information exchange between allies was formalized as ECHELON, a signals intelligence collection and analysis network.

The network was set up to monitor the Soviet Union and its allies, but today monitors communications worldwide.

In the late 1990s, the existence of ECHELON was made public, revealing one of the most extensive intelligence networks of all time.

During the “war on terror” its surveillance of internet communications was contested amid fears that member countries were acting unlawfully.

Her remit was recently expanded last year when she began making statements on behalf of her members to “promote their shared values ​​of democracy, freedom and respect for human rights”.

Tasnime Akunjee, the Begum family’s lawyer, told the Times: “Britain has lauded its efforts to stop Isis and the care of our children by spending millions of pounds on the Prevent scheme and online surveillance.

“At the same time, however, we worked with a Western ally and traded sensitive information with them, while effectively nabbing British children and smuggling them across the Syrian border to be delivered to Isis, all in the name of the intelligence agencies — collect.”

“The calculation here is that the lives of British children and the risk of their deaths are part of the acceptable risk algorithm taken by our Western allies.”

The book claims that a human trafficker for the terrorists was recruited by Canada as an agent when he applied for asylum at its embassy in Jordan.

Officials in Ottawa are also said to be concerned that their own young people are being pressured into joining IS.

As the Times reports, the book claims: “The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) remained silent on the explosive allegations, resorting to the one thing that protects all intelligence agencies, including those within the Five Eyes, from potential embarrassment: secrecy.

“The idea of ​​keeping quiet and hoping the scandal goes away worked in Canada’s favor in keeping the lid on how a CSIS agent had smuggled western children and young adult volunteers into Syria, while their British allies struggled to stem the flow of aspiring jihadists fleeing Britain to join Isis.

“The CSIS largely managed to cover up the role it had played in recruiting and running Rashed, and the agency’s deputy director was dispatched to Ankara to seek forgiveness for failing to inform the Turkish authorities ‘ that they had conducted a counterintelligence operation on their territory .’

A UK government spokesman told the newspaper it does not comment on operational intelligence or security matters.

A CSIS spokesman added that the service cannot publicly comment, confirm or deny the details of its investigations, operational interests, methods and activities.

Begum left school in Bethnal Green, east London, to travel to Syria in 2015, where she married an ISIS fighter and gave birth to three children, all of whom died young.

Her youngest child died in 2019 in the prison camp in north-eastern Syria.

She has previously attempted to reinstate her British citizenship but was unsuccessful in her Supreme Court application to return to the UK and plead her case in person.

The Supreme Court ruled she could not return to the UK to appeal the decision on national security grounds. The law states that a person’s citizenship can be revoked if it is deemed to be in the public interest.

Speaking to iNews from inside the camp while awaiting a trial by the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces earlier this summer, she insisted she would like to be “as British as possible” but acknowledged she expects to see the will spend the rest of her life in Syria.

“This is how I feel and this is how it looks,” Begum said of the likelihood of spending the rest of her life in the Middle East.

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Bradford Betz

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