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Squirrel espionage squad foiled by border guards

China is not the only nation to have trained creatures to do its bidding, the Washington Post points out an editorial by Saleh Eskandari headlined "spying squirrels," published July 10 by the Iranian newspaper Resalat.

"A few weeks ago, 14 squirrels equipped with espionage systems of foreign intelligence services were captured by [Iranian] intelligence forces along the country's borders. These trained squirrels, each of which weighed just over 700 grams, were released on the borders of the country for intelligence and espionage purposes. According to the announcement made by Iranian intelligence officials, alert police officials caught these squirrels before they could carry out any task.

"Fixing GPS devices, bugging instruments and advanced cameras in the bodies of trained animals like squirrels, mice, hamsters, etc, are among modern methods of collecting intelligence. Given the fast speed and the special physical features of these animals, they provide special capabilities for spying operations. Once the animals return to their place of origin, the intelligence gathered by them is then offloaded. . . ."

Like the trained professionals they are, none of the squirrels appear to have divulged who they were working for. This prevented the launch of a PR offensive, which would have featured the repatriation of the squirrels, complete with new suits, on primetime TV.

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Steve Ellis - Finextra Research - London 23 July, 2007, 14:35Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

At the risk of pointing the finger as to the likely nationality of these squirrels - the BBC recently ran a story - British Blamed for Basra Badgers - containing this wonderful quote from representative of HM forces:

'UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer said: "We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area.'

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