Friday, June 30, 2006, 6/30/2006 08:04:00 AM

More From Our Canadian Friends

From Reuters, via the Scotsman (which bills itself as the National Newspaper of Scotland), another article concerning the latest annual report of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) claiming that "foreign countries are seeking to manipulate Canada's large immigrant populations to obtain intelligence and technological secrets."

According to the Report, "countries enlist or coerce the cooperation of their citizens who are visiting Canada, such as students and scientists, exchange personnel, members of delegations, employees of state-owned corporations, and business people."

Canada, the Report says, is particularly vulnerable because it is one of the few developed nations still seeking to attract immigrants and has significant ethnic minorities from China, India, Italy, Ukraine, Russia and Britain among others. The U.S., it would seem, is in a similar boat.

Although China is not singled out, the implications are clear.

The question continues to be is Canada overstating the threat of trade secrets theft from immigrants and foreign nationals or is the U.S. the country with its head in the sand?

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