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Al Treddenick – Is Saudi Arabia sending hit squads to Canada?

Episode 88 – Phil Gurski talks with Al Treddenick, former senior CSIS officer who was stationed at the Canadian embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Relations with a country like Saudi Arabia will always be complicated in light of what the Kingdom stands for, what it produces, and where it is located. So, if the Saudis send a hit squad to Canada to take out a ‘dissident’ what should our response be?

Phil Gurski talks with colleague and friend Al Treddenick on this touchy subject.

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About my guest Al Treddenick

Alan Treddenick is a former senior Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) officer who was stationed at the Canadian embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He has more than 30 years domestic/international tactical & strategic experience in intelligence operations and criminal investigations with CSIS and the RCMP.

CEO and President of ATNOH Group

About the host Phil Gurski
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Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specializing in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation.

From 1983 to 2001 he was employed as a senior multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment (CSE – Canada’s signals intelligence agency), specialising in the Middle East.

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Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Programme Director for the Security, Economics and Technology (SET) hub at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of five books on terrorism.

2 replies on “Al Treddenick – Is Saudi Arabia sending hit squads to Canada?”

It should not surprise anyone…..It has been done for a very long time… The Russian/Soviets, the N. Koreans, Chinese, Chile and most authoritarian nations have gone after their dissidents….They consider them a thorn in their side…..

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