The diplomat praised for sheltering Americans during the Iranian Revolution tells The Globe he was made ‘de facto CIA station chief’ in a secret deal between a U.S. president and prime minister Joe Clark
Ken Taylor, the Canadian diplomat [...] actively spied for the Americans and helped them plan an armed incursion into the country.
His intelligence-gathering activities were kept secret by agreement between the Canadian and the U.S. governments [...]
Trent University historian Robert Wright, author of Our Man in Tehran , a new account of the incident released today, strongly implies that then-prime-minister Joe Clark insisted Mr. Taylor’s spying be kept quiet, fearing a negative political fallout if the Canadian public learned that one of its envoys was a U.S. spook.
The request that he provide “aggressive intelligence” for the Americans was made personally by U.S. president Jimmy Carter to Mr. Clark, likely in a telephone conversation on Nov. 30, 1979, according to Prof. Wright.