The more I think of this, the more I giggle. From the Globe and Mail: Mystery revealed: Poppy quarter led to U.S. spy warnings.
WASHINGTON — An odd-looking Canadian coin with a bright red flower was the culprit behind the U.S. Defence Department’s false espionage warning earlier this year, The Associated Press has learned.
The odd-looking — but harmless — "poppy coin" was so unfamiliar to suspicious U.S. Army contractors travelling in Canada that they filed confidential espionage accounts about them. The worried contractors described the coins as "anomalous" and "filled with something man-made that looked like nano-technology," according to once-classified U.S. government reports and e-mails obtained by the AP. [continue, see photo of coin]
Next time we should help these guys think we’ve hidden trackers in their underwear.