Slick Spy Gear

It sounded a little too James Bondy that pocket change could be tracking your every move. The Defense Department quickly retracted a report that Canadian coins--like the $2 "Toonie," at left--with tiny radio transmitters had been planted on Canada-bound Pentagon contractors. Then again, it sounded kinda CIA. Here are some spy gadgets that turned out to be real.

THE ROCK HAD EARS

The Russians last January nabbed foreign operatives--British spies, they claim--who used an electronics-filled fake rock on a Moscow street to transmit classified documents.

BROUGHT TO HEEL

No, it's not a prop from the Get Smart set but rather...

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