Moscow sells photos of Canadian baseYear Published: 1989
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX3687
Abstract: Another indication of the fact that Canadian authorities haven't quite caught up with the changes happening in the world: There are no photos allowed at Canadian Forces Station Alert, a 'top-secret' communications and listening post on Ellesmere Island. The Toronto Star newspaper asked for but was refused permission to send a reporter to the base this summer. So the Star bought a photograph of the base taken by a Soviet satellite, instead. The Soviets are selling satellite photos through an American company with which it has a marketing arrangement. They have decided that the currency value outweighs the questionable benefits of secrecy. Canada has yet to catch up to the new way of thinking.