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May 8, 2007

Canadian coin sparks U.S. espionage alert


Canada's 2004 commemorative silver-colored 25-cent piece, featuring a red poppy in its center (above), triggered a warning from the Defense Security Service, part of the U.S. Department of Defense, after suspicious U.S. Army contractors traveling in Canada received them, most likely in change.

The alert stated that "mysterious coins with radio-frequency transmitters had been planted on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances on at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006," according to today's Associated Press story by Ted Bridis.

"The worried contractors described the coins as 'filled with something man-made that looked like nano-technology,' according to once-classified U.S. government reports.

Stand down: "The supposed nano-technology on the coin actually was a protective coating the Royal Canadian Mint applied to prevent the poppy’s red color from rubbing off. The mint produced nearly 30 million quarters in 2004 commemorating Canada’s 117,000 war dead."

File under "I said be careful his bowtie is really a camera."

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Posted by: Chelsea | May 8, 2007 7:32:21 PM

Loonies, toonies, now spyzies...Canadian coinage certainly is anything but boring.

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