National Newswatch

It’s among the most secretive agencies in Canada.

But one project officer at the Communications Security Establishment, the electronic spy service, was “very excited” about seeing the CSE portrayed in an April episode of the popular CBS television series “The Good Wife.”

Internal emails obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act reveal the drama about a Chicago law firm captured the attention of the CSE, usually preoccupied with monitoring terrorists and foreign agents.

In a message the morning after the program aired, the project officer — whose name was deleted for security reasons — recalled a recent meeting at which staff discussed “how nice it would be” for TV shows to mention the CSE.

So what a surprise to see the spy service featured in a “Good Wife” episode that takes lawyers Alicia Florrick and Lucca Quinn to Toronto to help a whistleblower on the run from the U.S. National Security Agency.

The Canadian Press
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