11/19/2014 06:10 EST | Updated 01/19/2015 05:59 EST

Some facts about the Communications Security Establishment's liaison program

OTTAWA - The Ottawa-based Communications Security Establishment, which gathers foreign intelligence through advanced technical means, has liaison offices abroad in keeping with its Five Eyes network role. Here's a look at the timeline:

February 1949: First Canadian Special Liaison Office, or CANSLO, at Government Communications Headquarters in Britain.

February 1950: First CANSLO at the U.S. Armed Forces Security Agency (now U.S. National Security Agency).

July 2009: First CANSLO at the Defense Signals Directorate (now Australian Signals Directorate), which also provides representation to New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau.

(Source: Communications Security Establishment)

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