Ottawa turned off ‘wrong tap’ on pandemic surveillance, former intelligence adviser says

Ottawa turned off ‘wrong tap’ on pandemic surveillance, former intelligence adviser says

When it came to the novel coronavirus, this meant prioritizing information provided by the Chinese government and the World Health Organization over potentially valuable clues from “informal” sources that might better indicate how aggressively the virus was spreading, and what steps are needed contain it. Such information, known as open-source intelligence, was dismissed within the department as merely “rumours,” the analysts said.