According to sources, military officials believe a Canadian reservist was more prominent in, and deeply involved with, a now-banned right-wing organization than initial reports suggested an assessment that senior intelligence officials appear to have kept from the leadership of the Ranger unit where Erik Myggland served until this past spring.
According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, senior Canadian military defense security officials believed Myggland was a regional leader of the Three Percent movement, a survivalist organization with roots in the United States that was added to Canada’s list of terrorist organizations last week. “It has been determined that Pte. Erik Myggland was the President/Commanding officer of the III percent BC/Yukon Chapter and he had extensive involvement with a Right-Wing Extremist (RWE) organization known as Soldiers of Odin (SOO),” according to an email sent to the commanding officer of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group by its Edmonton headquarters on August 25, 2020.
That email was received the same day CBC News published a report revealing Myggland’s ties to both the Three Percent movement and the Soldiers of Odin, a white supremacist organization founded in Europe. Myggland was discharged from the service in March. The communication from the Ranger unit’s immediate headquarters at 3rd Canadian Division in Edmonton as part of an email chain that began with the Director-General of Defence Security at the Department of National Defence in Ottawa.
Both intelligence warnings from members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance (Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand) and the findings of a Canadian military counterintelligence investigation into the activities of Myggland and his now-ex-wife, Jodi, who was also a Ranger and briefly a member of the Three Percent movement were available to the director-general.