Where is Canada's PRC Interference Files story going?
The Bureau goes deep in conversation with one of Canada's best columnists
Terry Glavin is among the best of writers and raconteurs in Canada. He’s also a great interlocutor. We cover some similar issues, but from different approaches.
Glavin’s been writing about Canada’s pro-Beijing business lobby and how they seem to have plenty of influence, for a long time. His dive into the world of Dominic Barton is especially good.
He asked me to sit down for a lengthy chat over at his Substack, The Real Story.
I also taped the conversation forThe Bureau’s subscribers. For a bonus not on Terry’s podcast, I’ve transcribed the introduction to our conversation. He asked about my motivation for starting The Bureau and I explained how my work in Vancouver led directly to PRC Interference Files sources, and my reporting will now evolve internationally.
To explain a bit more, in 2017, I stumbled across a connection between the Communist People’s Liberation Army and a very prolific loan shark in B.C. government casinos. This is how the Casino Money Laundering Files led to the PRC Interference Files.
Ultimately, my reporting not only caught the eye of the Pentagon, but also governments in Taiwan and Germany. At the end of the day I am covering what sources call hybrid war, or the euphemistic term, hostile state activity. This is the stuff Russia did to Ukraine before sending tanks and missiles. A lot of it involves using organized crime proxies to move money, buy real estate and corrupt democratic institutions.
Read on to learn more. I edited sections of my interview with Glavin for length and clarity.