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ROMANIA-CANADA-GOLD MINE SPYING
Romania's spy agency says it's been monitoring planned Canadian gold mine for years
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, September 30, 2013 10:48 AM EDT
Romania's spy chief says his agency has been spying on a planned Canadian gold mine project for years, monitoring protests and foreigners who allegedly paid lobbyists for and against the project.
Maior said the action was legal because the mine was "a problem of national security." He said some protests had been manipulated by people he called "eco-anarchists."
The disclosure was surprising, however, because it was reminiscent of the country's dreaded Securitate secret police, which once used an estimated 760,000 informers from all walks of life.