#CyberFLASH: China probes two Canadians for alleged theft of state secrets


A Canadian couple living on the border with North Korea is being investigated by Chinese authorities for stealing military and defence secrets.

For years, Kevin and Julie Garratt ran Peter’s Coffee House, named after the couple’s youngest son, in Dandong, a Chinese city across the Yalu River from North Korea. The cafe was opened in 2008, after Mr. and Ms. Garratt moved to northeastern Dandong after previously working as teachers in southern China.

But on Monday, the Vancouver couple – who have been living in China since 1984 – stood accused by Chinese authorities of espionage and stealing state secrets. Their immediate whereabouts were unknown and calls to their coffee shop went unanswered.

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