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The Five Eyes Alliance supports the Khalistani investigation

The Five Eyes intelligence alliance supported Canada’s claim that India was involved in the death of a Khalistani fugitive.

The Five Eyes Alliance

Formation YearUK-USA Agreement established during World War II, later expanded
Member CountriesUnited States (1946), United Kingdom (1946), Canada (1948), Australia (1956), New Zealand (1956)
PurposeIntelligence-sharing alliance for signals intelligence (SIGINT) and surveillance
OriginsCreated during World War II to share intelligence between the UK and the U.S.
ScopeFocuses on collecting and analyzing global electronic communications
PrinciplesCooperative intelligence-sharing, mutual trust, and common security goals
ControversiesPrivacy concerns and allegations of mass surveillance
ActivitiesMonitoring and analyzing global communications for national security
SignificanceOne of the most prominent and enduring intelligence-sharing alliances
Current StatusOngoing collaboration in signals intelligence and cyber security

The Five Eyes’ Reaction to Trudeau’s Remarks

  • Engagement in the United States: The US State Department stated that it was in close contact with Canadian counterparts about suspicions of Indian government participation in Nijjar’s death.
  • Critique: A US analyst called Trudeau’s suggestion of a “potential link” between Indian government agents and the execution of the Khalistani chieftain “shameless and cynical.”
  • The UK’s Position: The UK government recognised the “serious allegations,” but said they would not affect ongoing trade talks with India.
  • Monitoring in Australia: The Australian Foreign Minister voiced worry about the assassination and confirmed that the country was closely watching developments in collaboration with its friends.
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