Illegals or "sleeper agent" programs remain as strategic, long-term, resource-intensive, and damaging to Canada's interests as they were during the Cold War. Technological advancements have made human intelligence operations easier to identify and counter, shifting priorities and resources to illegals networks. The most successful (and doomed) Illegals, Richard Sorge and Eli Cohen, will be presented as a riveting introduction to this most clandestine and highly effective method of espionage.
Canada remains an ideal venue for illegals to legend build and operate. Case studies of David Soboloff and William Hampel (Montreal), Ian and Laurie Lambert, the Heathfield-Foleys (Toronto) will be examined as illustrations of the effort Russian intelligence expends on illegals deployment to Canada.
The Ghost Stories network (the inspiration for the Americans TV series) with its Canadian twists, will also be examined. Participants will be presented with narrated surveillance footage of the US based network's operations which were hidden in plain sight.
Participants will be able to identify vulnerabilities in illegal network tradecraft and acquire an understanding of the policy implications for foreign affairs, immigration, and citizenship, some of which were only recently resolved.
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Daniel M. Stanton served for thirty-two years with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, including twelve years as an Executive Manager in operations. Mr. Stanton’s expertise stems from a lengthy career in counterintelligence, human source recruitment, and validation. He has worked in three domestic regions as well as many assignments overseas. Mr. Stanton has an honours degree in history and philosophy from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.