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It was half John Le Carré and half Mr. Bean—at least that’s how one of the people involved in this strange story described it.

Last month, a man using a fake identity approached John Scott-Railton, a researcher at Citizen Lab, a group that has investigated the proliferation and abuse of government spyware around the world for years. Scott-Railton was immediately suspicious. In December, one of his colleagues had been approached under false pretenses by someone else, who claimed his name was Gary Bowman. Bowman appeared to be interested in eliciting information about Citizen Lab’s work, specifically its investigations

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