“There was shared intelligence among Five Eyes partners that helped lead Canada to making the statements that the prime minister made.”
“Look, I will say this was a matter of shared intelligence information. There was a lot of communication between Canada and the United States about this, and I think that’s as far as I’m comfortable going.”
Mr. Cohen would not say if the intelligence that informed the Canadian government’s investigation was both surveillance- and human-based, or whether it included the signals intelligence of Indian diplomats.
The U.S. ambassador to Canada also denied a Washington Post report alleging that several weeks before Mr. Trudeau made the allegations, Canada had asked its closest allies, including the United States, to publicly condemn the murder, which they refused to do.
On Sept. 18, Mr. Trudeau told the House that Canadian intelligence agencies were investigating “credible allegations” that agents from the Indian government were involved in the assassination of Canadian Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in B.C. in June.
In response, India has stopped processing visas for Canadians, including applications made from third countries, and has requested a reduction of Canadian diplomats in the country.
Speaking on how the United States should interpret and respond to what has unfolded, Mr. Cohen said his country “takes very seriously these allegations.” He added that Washington officials have said U.S. President Joe Biden has expressed his concern to India over the allegations. He said the United States has asked India to cooperate in Canada’s investigation.
“If they prove to be true, it is a potentially very serious breach of the rules-based international order in which we like to function,” Mr. Cohen said. “We think it’s very important to get to the bottom of it.”