The Ottawa Citizen recently reviewed Nest of Spies, a new book by Michel Juneau-Katsuya, who served in the RCMP Security Service and Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and Montreal investigative journalist Fabrice de Pierrebourg. Their book, reports the Citizen:
[P]ortrays Canada as the world's No. 1 destination for legions of foreign government agents. Ottawa is crawling with them.
Led by the Chinese but including intelligence officers from at least 20 nations including allies, the book says, the infiltrators are stealing an estimated $20 billion to $30 billion annually worth of cutting-edge research in products and technologies, other scientific, business and military know-how and political secrets.
Others, it says, are infiltrating ethnic communities, suppressing criticism of homeland governments, recruiting industrial spies, stoking political violence among the diaspora and operating front companies and political lobbies aimed at manipulating government policies.
Proportionately, it estimates more spies operate here than in the U.S.
So the guy next to you in line at Tim Horton's could be planning a full day of espionage and political violence. Who knew?
(Via Boing Boing)