CanAm borders & bridges part of latest WikiLeaks cable

TORONTO — A list of the most vital border crossings between Canada and the U.S. is part of a WikiLeaks release of sites the U.S. State Department considers critical to the health and security of the United States.

The 2009 classified cable is titled Critical Foreign Dependences Initiative and includes several security sensitive Canadian locations, including power plants, hydro dams, biopharmaceutical companies and major border crossings.

The list was compiled by U.S. diplomatic posts charged with creating an inventory of critical infrastructure and resources in their respective areas.

The publication of this and other cables has garnered condemnation from security officials worldwide for how it sets out the most critical targets for terrorists looking to damage the U.S.

But, like much of what has already been released by WikiLeaks, most of the security information in the cable isn’t at all surprising considering the importance and proximity of the sites to U.S. interests.

The list includes the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia, the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie as well as the Lewiston-Queenston bridge, the International Railway Bridge and the crossings in Pembina, Man., Surrey, B.C., and Champlain, Que.

The CPR Tunnel Rail Crossing in Michigan; the Blaine Washington Rail Crossing and North Portal Rail Crossing, Sask. St. Claire Tunnel Rail Crossing.  

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