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[ISN] With espionage at 'Cold War levels, ' CSIS warns travelling spies not to fall for sexual 'honey traps'


By Jim Bronskill
Canadian Press

Canada's spy agency has quietly warned travelling government officials they might be drugged, kidnapped or blackmailed after being enticed into a sexual "honey trap" by an attractive stranger.

Foreign intelligence services see federal employees -- and the proprietary information they carry -- as prized targets, and precautions must be taken to prevent the pilfering of secret files, says the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

The threat has prompted CSIS to prepare a special guide advising Canadian officials to be wary of saying too much around taxi drivers, letting a laptop computer out of their sight, or even stashing confidential material in a hotel safe.

A copy of the 2012 CSIS publication, "Far From Home: A Travel Security Guide for Government Officials," was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.


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