Exclusive: Canada's financial intelligence agency gets 'useful' data after attacks

Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:02pm EDT
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By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's financial intelligence agency asked institutions to quickly report suspicious transactions in the wake of two deadly attacks this week and has received data "useful to our intelligence efforts," a spokesman said on Friday.

The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre (FINTRAC) was set up in 2000 to combat money-laundering and ensures the compliance of 31,000 financial entities doing business in Canada.

It sent a message to all 31,000 on Wednesday - the day of the second fatal attack - stressing the need for quick reports.

Asked whether FINTRAC had noticed any suspicious transactions linked to the attacks this week, spokesman Darren Gibb said: "What we have received from businesses following our message has been useful to our intelligence efforts."

He declined to give more details.

Reuters reviewed a copy of the message that was sent by FINTRAC to the institutions.

"We would like to remind you of the importance of reporting suspicious transactions to FINTRAC in a timely fashion, particularly those transactions potentially related to terrorist financing," it read.

"These reports may be invaluable in assisting police and national security agencies in preventing a terrorist attack in Canada and abroad," it added.   Continued...

Police officers take cover near Parliament Hilll following a shooting incident in Ottawa October 22, 2014.   REUTERS/Chris Wattie