OTTAWA — The Foreign Affairs Department paid almost $2 million to an international security firm for a sweeping intelligence study of potential threats to Canada’s foreign embassies.
The assessment would have undoubtedly informed the Harper government’s decision to close its embassy in Tehran last week.
The contract was awarded earlier this year to Control Risks Group, a company that boasts 34 offices across the world, and a network of government, police, aid groups and media.
Neither the company nor Foreign Affairs would comment specifically on the nature of the work done.
The government has said repeatedly that the safety of its diplomats was the primary reason for pulling out of the Iranian capital.