In an affidavit filed in Federal Court, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service argued that full disclosure of the file on Douglas could endanger the lives of confidential informants and jeopardize the agency’s ability to conduct secret surveillance. Meanwhile, CBC opinion polls showed roughly 80% support for the release of the information. (Although participation was low.) CSIS continued to fight the release. Almost a year later, the federal government relented in its refusal to release decades-old intelligence on Canadian political icon Tommy Douglas. Now some of those documents are available. Like Tommy Douglas himself, the files are apparently a product of their times, full of communist witch hunts, and suspicions of "peacenik" activities.