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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 3, January 21, 2007, Article 21

U.S. RETRACTS CANADIAN SPY COIN CLAIM

Gar Travis forwarded a report published January 13th in the Toronto
Star that the U.S. government has retracted its earlier claim that
bugged Canadian coins had been used to spy on American contractors
working in that country.

"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.

"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.'"

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

Scott Semans adds: "Well, it WAS too stupid to be true, but then
again the U.S. intelligence establishment has a very credible means
of disparaging leaks - just call it faulty intelligence!"

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Dave Kellogg writes: "On a minor note, I found difficulty opening
the link to the CIA dollar coin.  The CIA has changed the address
prefix from 'http:' to 'https:'"

[Those sneaky spies!  Here’s the updated URL. -Editor]
https://www.cia.gov/cia/information/artifacts/dollar.htm

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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