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Spy coin caper loses currency with retraction from U.S. defence agency

OTTAWA (CP) - It seems there's no danger of your spare change spying on you after all.

A U.S. government defence agency has suddenly retracted its claim that Canadian coins containing tiny transmitters were planted on at least three American contractors who visited Canada.

It's the latest twist in an intriguing cash caper.

Canadians began carefully scrutinizing their loonies following the Virginia-based Defense Security Service's claim that specially doctored coins were a new tool of the trade for shadowy figures out to steal sensitive U.S. military technology.

"On at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006, cleared defense contractors' employees traveling through Canada have discovered radio frequency transmitters embedded in Canadian coins placed on their persons," said the service's annual counterintelligence report for 2006.
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"The allegations were found later to be unsubstantiated

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from link:

In a statement posted late Friday on its website, the Defense Security Service said the coin claims were based on a report provided to the agency.

"The allegations, however, were found later to be unsubstantiated following an investigation into the matter," the statement said, adding that "the 2006 annual report should not have contained this information."


"now we know it DID occur". courtesy of unconfirmed reliable anonymous former disgruntled employee of the now defunct but still active: 'ministry of disinformation and misconstrued allegations'. 2006

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RE: disgruntled employee

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The "disgruntled employee" should be locked up.

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Is it just me, or does there seem to be an organized effort

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to poison US Canadian relations? Relations between the two countries have been very good until the last 10 or 15 years, since when a succession of American Ambassadors have stirred up trouble with Canada over trivial issues or issues which touch on Canadian sovereignty (viz. Canadian health care), and there has been an American trade war with Canada over a variety of items, each of which has been found groundless by a succession of agencies who administer such disputes. Until quite recently the US has ignored rulings by the NAFTA trade disputes mechanism and GATT, as well as other bodies involved in regulating trade.

As an ex-pat, it's embarassing to have trivial bogus issues raised, its several steps past embarassing to have bad spy fiction treated as fact and bandied about US news services as a fact that Canada is trying to spy on American diplomats, businessmen or agents. It's always easier to start an unfounded rumor than it is to quell it. I bet the public at large 2 years from now will still think Canada deliberately tried to plant non-existent transmitters on American diplomats or agents.

Rob

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I don't think so.

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There have been trade wars between our countries for year.

I think the logical answer is the "disgruntled former employee".

I also think the agencies are much too smart to pull such a scam as there is no need for it. We don't spy on each other, and our battles are out there for all to see.

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Well,

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"Canadians began carefully scrutinizing their loonies....."
gave me a chuckle. Guess we also speak the Queens english, but gee, loonies are usually in our state insane institutions getting a little scrutininzing. Happy

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