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MPs alarmed by Radio-Canada/CBC report on cellphone spying around the Hill

By Christopher Guly      

Hill veterans are wary of using their cellphones at times at home and abroad.

Conservative MP Tony Clement, pictured here in the House in 2015, told reporters last week he believed he was being spied on by foreign agents. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Radio-Canada investigative reporter Brigitte Bureau broke the story about cellphones being tracked around Parliament Hill last week, alongside her CBC colleague Catherine Cullen, not pictured. Photograph courtesy of Brigitte Bureau

The revelation that someone may be using a device to track and spy on cellphones around Parliament Hill, and the subsequent RCMP and CSIS investigations it prompted, was the result of shrewd sleuthing by Radio-Canada investigative reporter Brigitte Bureau who, with CBC News colleague Catherine Cullen, broke the story last week.

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