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On Guard for Thee, Part 1: The Most Dangerous Spy ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523752
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Donald Brittain, Roger Hart, James Littleton, Adam Symansky, Paul Wright
Directors:  Donald Brittain
Producing Agencies:  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Montreal),National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Politics, Documentary, Politics
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1981
Running Time:  56:41


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The first in a trilogy of one-hour films on Canada's national security operations and civil liberties during the past half-century. In 1946, Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet cipher clerk in Ottawa, fled his embassy with documents unveiling his nation's spy network in Canada. It was Canada's first spy case and confusion reigned in official reaction. Counter-intelligence agencies in the United States and Britain became alarmed at the possible leak of the new atom bomb secrets, so man-hunts soon reached international proportions. In Canada, the government ordered the arrest of many suspected citizens, civil rights were suspended, and the ensuing events became a blot on the nation's history.

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