Switzerland lives up to reputation as hotbed of spies
Switzerland has always been a favourite by writers of spy novels as a place where foreign agents from across the world meet and exchange secret information.
But it’s true – and the country is being used more and more by international spies to meet.
It’s a trend the intelligence service wants to stop.
The NZZ newspaper quotes an anonymous source says there’s a rising demand for information and agents are increasingly choosing Switzerland to meet – especially Geneva.
The international city makes it easy for people throughout the world meet without attracting attention due to all the international organizations and a low level of street surveillance.
But Swiss authorities are not happy about living up to the stereotype. The intelligence agency says it’s not in the country’s interest to be a place where information damaging to allies could be swapped and they hope friendly countries would also do the same for Switzerland.