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[FYI] "Spy network eavesdropping on Canadians"


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                June 18, 1999 

                Spy network eavesdropping on Canadians,
                says former spy

                OTTAWA (CP) -- The federal government is using a
                secret international computer surveillance network to
                collect personal information about Canadians, says a
                former Canadian spy. 
                 Canada is part of a Cold War-era electronic
                 interception network, known
                as Echelon. 
                 Until recently the existence of the network, which
                 monitors almost all
                electronic communications, was almost impossible to
                 But a report by the European Parliament, published
                 May 10, detailed how
                Echelon works and how Canada is involved. 


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