Can Canada be trusted?
In the midst of what turned out to be a bogus espionage scare over commemorative coins, senior Pentagon officials in Washington, D.C., speculated whether Canadians — widely considered to be among the United States' closest allies — might be "bad guys" involved in the spy caper.
"Who knows?" one official wrote in secret emails obtained this week by The Associated Press.
In sensational warnings that circulated publicly in late 2006 and early 2007, the Pentagon's Defence Security Service said coins with radio transmitters were found planted on U.S. army contractors on at least three occasions between October 2005 and January 2006 as the contractors travelled through Canada.
In January 2007, the government abruptly reversed itself and said the warnings weren't true. But the case remained a mystery until months later, when AP learned that the flap had been caused by suspicions over the image of a poppy on the Canadian quarter.
What suspicious contractors believed to be "nanotechnology" on the coins actually was a protective coating the Royal Canadian Mint applied to prevent the poppy's red colour from rubbing off.
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This story makes a come back in the news.. What still amazes me is the legs these coins gathered at the Pentagon and how Canada was viewed in such light by its biggest ally ?