As far as the Sceptic Tank is concerned, there is only one measure of your significance in this mortal coil: whether or not you are deemed important enough to be the subject of espionage. Just because we're paranoid, doesn't mean there aren't people out to get us.
So there was cause for celebration from two different extremes of the environmental movement this weekend, after both the ragtag band of protestors at the Climate Camp and the suits at auto giant Renault's electric car programme revealed the spooks were watching.
Admittedly, the revelation that protestors seeking to break into a power station had an undercover Met Police Officer in their midst is hardly a surprise. After all, the Sceptic Tank had always assumed there was about an 80-20 split between undercover security services and green campaigners at most environmental protests – that's 80 per cent police officers and 20 per cent genuine anarchists.
But it is the news French secret services are "investigating a Chinese link" after Renault suspended three senior executives for allegedly leaking secrets about the company's electric car programme that has the Sceptic Tank convinced John le Carré will be looking to the world of carbon emissions for his next plot.
Rather than whinge about the fact the Chinese are so much better at this industrial espionage lark than us Europeans, we are simply celebrating that the clean tech sector is now important enough to enter the world of bugging devices and poison-tipped umbrellas.
We're also sniffing out an opportunity, as wherever there is espionage there is counterespionage. In fact, we're dusting off the old Spying for Dummies guide as we speak.
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