CBSA chief says sharing of Meng's passcodes was 'serious' breach

CBSA manager in charge of passenger operations at Vancouver airport when Meng Wanzhou was arrested told CBSA officer it was a serious breach to have shared Meng's phone passcodes with RCMP.

VANCOUVER — A Canada Border Services Agency manager says she didn't launch an investigation into how Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's cellphone passwords were shared with RCMP, but she informed the officer responsible that it was a "breach."

Nicole Goodman oversaw passenger operations at Vancouver's airport when Meng was arrested there on Dec. 1, 2018, following a border exam.

The B.C. Supreme Court has heard that passcodes to Meng's phones were collected during the exam and were "accidentally" shared when RCMP took possession of her electronics during the arrest.

Goodman says a border officer told her days later in a debriefing that he realized he may have shared the codes, and she says she warned him the breach was serious but she believed it was unintentional and did not take disciplinary action.

Goodman is testifying as part of an evidence-gathering hearing in which Meng's lawyers are collecting information to bolster an abuse of process claim next year in an attempt to prevent her extradition to the United States.

They argue that Meng, who denies the allegations that have led to fraud charges in the United States, should be freed because her questioning by border officials and arrest were unlawful.

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