Notorious Canadian lobbyist signs $2M contract to promote Libya militants aiming to divide country | National Post

A militant group that wants to make a semi-autonomous state in eastern Libya hired Montreal-based lobbyist Ari Ben-Menashe to help it get “international recognition , sell the region’s oil and obtain cash for military hardware and training.”

“A $2-million fee-for-services contract signed in December and filed in the U.S. government’s foreign lobbyist registry describes how Mr. Ben-Menashe, notorious for starring roles in myriad international scandals and intrigues, will help the self-styled Government of Cyrenaica and its transitional council develop relationships with foreign governments, international organizations and private companies.”

Though he thinks he will have better luck finding it in Russia.

via Notorious Canadian lobbyist signs $2M contract to promote Libya militants aiming to divide country | National Post.

It also mentions:

“It isn’t the first time Mr. Ben-Menashe has promised to help an African country obtain financial and military assistance from Russia. In 2010, he signed a secret contract with Arthur Porter, then chairman of Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee, the federally appointed body that examines activities by the nation’s spy service, CSIS. The deal would have delivered a Russian development grant worth US$120-million to Sierra Leone through a private company that Dr. Porter claimed to own.”

Say what? The Chairman of Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee, the federally appointed body that examines activities by the nation’s spy service, CSIS.

Who is this guy Porter? According to Wiki he is a Canadian Physician that was appointed to that position in 2003 by the Harper Government. Apparently the Liberal and NDP parties had no objection to this. The only person to object was then-Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe.

From Wiki:

“Porter and his wife Pamela Mattock were detained by Interpol agents in Panama on May 27, 2013, after an investigation by the Sureté du Québec, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). He faces charges in Canada of fraud, conspiracy to commit government fraud, abuse of trust, secret commissions and laundering the proceeds of a crime. Porter’s wife is facing charges of laundering the proceeds of a crime and for conspiracy.

The fraud against the Quebec government is related to his alleged role in the handling of a $1.3-billion Montreal hospital construction and maintenance contract.

The contract was awarded to SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., the engineering giant deeply involved in the Quebec corruption scandal.

Another article from the Post states:

“While Porter served on SIRC he had access to files concerning sensitive matters such as domestic extremism, then accused Canadian terrorist Omar Khadr, accused Russian spy Paul Hampel, and Canada’s relationship with overseas intelligence agencies.

Former intelligence agents say nobody has suggested Porter passed secrets to foreign intelligence agents, but former Liberal leader Bob Rae, who himself has served on SIRC, says Porter should never have seen any of those files.”

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