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#974 We Spied on the Spies Who Spy on Activists
Of all the private intelligence firms in the English-language world, there appears to be just one whose speciality is tracking activists. And it has a branch office in Calgary.
Jesse Brown
Host & Publisher
Jonathan Goldsbie
News Editor
Karyn Pugliese
Editor-in-Chief
Tristan Capacchione
Audio Editor & Technical Producer
Bruce Thorson
Senior Producer
André Proulx
Production Coordinator

When governments and corporations want to stay on top of the “threats” posed by protest movements — from climate campaigns to animal-rights advocacy — there’s one company that they tend to turn to: Welund. Founded in the UK in 2007, it expanded to North America about a decade later, setting up shop in Calgary (where it’s now called Foresight Reports). So who are they? And what does it mean when public-sector bodies farm out their intelligence gathering to a private firm?

To find out, we put our own open-source intelligence skills to the test.

 

Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

 

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