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Canadian-Iranian businessman Arian Azerber told The Toronto Sun on Saturday that the Canadian government has granted a new passport to a suspected Mossad agent who had his picture published by Dubai Police in 2010 after the assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in 2010.
Azerber claims that his information was obtained from Triana Kennedy, an employee at the federal agency Passport Canada, with whom he was having an affair.
Triana Kennedy has been suspended from her job and is currently under federal investigation. She is suspected of leaking confidential government information.
According to Azerber, Kennedy told him that the passport had been renewed after the assassination of Mabhouh in Dubai was exposed and that the Canadian government's claim that it had nothing to do with the affair is a lie. "It [Canada] provided a new passport," claimed Azerber. Azerber also told the newspaper the name and address of the person who received the passport. The Toronto Sun
did not publish this information for privacy and security reasons.
After pictures were exposed by Dubai authorities of 26 suspected Mossad agents reportedly related to the assassination of Mabhouh, several countries suspended the passports of those people identified
in the pictures. The passports belonged to Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany, Ireland, and France.
It is unclear if Arian Azerber is an uninvolved business man or if he has links to a foreign intelligence agency.
A spokesperson for Passport Canada refused to comment on the matter.