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Embassy at risk of attack: memo

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OTTAWA -- Canada's diplomats in Moscow will have to work another three years in an embassy compound that's vulnerable to terrorist attack and the prying eyes of foreign spies, The Canadian Press has learned.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was warned in an internal memo from a senior bureaucrat that Canada's embassy in the Russian capital offers "almost no protection" against a terrorist attack."

A leaked copy of the memo details the stalled embassy project, outlining why diplomats won't be moving to a more secure facility until January 2016 instead of last July as planned.

The delay has added nearly $30 million to the cost of the project since Foreign Affairs received approval in 2008 to move the embassy to a more suitable building.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 19, 2012 A9

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