It’s a story from our history that not many Canadians may remember, or even know about. It involved a Soviet double agent, the sale of state secrets, fake moustaches, and even Siberian exile.
At the centre of the story is James Morrison, a former RCMP officer who was charged in the early 1980s for selling secrets to the Soviet Union in the 1950s. At the time, he had disclosed the identity of a Canadian double agent – who was code-named “Gideon” – to the Soviet Union.
James Morrison first appeared on CBC’s The Fifth Estate back in 1983, and the program circled back to the story last week with a special YouTube feature you can watch here. Peter was interviewed for the episode.
You will also be able to view the episode on The Fifth Estate website here.