Top C-SIS agent to retire after three decades

(CP) - A career spy who joined the Canadian Security Intelligence Service two years after it was created, before rising through the ranks to its top job is quitting the cloak-and-dagger business.

Michel Coulombe, an engineering graduate from Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, will leave as director at the end of May, after having spend more than 30 years with C-SIS.

Coulombe's career was not without controversy, last year a Federal Court judge ruled the agency illegally kept potentially revealing electronic data about people over a 10-year period.