CIA espionage orders for the last French presidential election
Wikileaks, Feb 16 2017
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All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election. The revelations are contained within three CIA tasking orders published today by WikiLeaks as context for its forth coming CIA Vault 7 series. Named specifically as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current Pres Hollande, then-Pres Sarkozy, Marine Le Pen, and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan. The CIA assessed that Sarkozy’s party (the UMP) was not assured re-election. Specific tasking concerning his party included obtaining their “Strategic Election Plans,” schisms or alliances developing in the UMP elite, private UMP reactions to Sarkozy’s campaign strategies, discussions within the UMP on any “perceived vulnerabilities to maintaining power” after the election, efforts to change the party’s ideological mission and discussions about Sarkozy’s support for the UMP and “the value he places on the continuation of the party’s dominance.” Specific instructions tasked CIA officers to discover Sarkozy’s private deliberations “on the other candidates,” as well as how he interacted with his advisors. Sarkozy’s earlier self-identification as “Le Pindo” did not protect him from Pindo espionage in the 2012 election or during his presidency. Significantly, two CIA opposition espionage tasks, “What policies do they promote to help boost France’s economic growth prospects?” and “What are their opinions on the German model of export-led growth?” resonate with a Pindo economic espionage order from the same year. That order requires obtaining details of every prospective French export contract or deal valued at $200m or more. The opposition espionage order also places weight on obtaining the candidates’ attitudes to the EU’s economic crisis, centering around their position on the Greek debt crisis, the role of France and Germany in the management of the Greek debt crisis, the vulnerability of French government and French banks to a Greek default and “specific proposals and recommendations” to deal with “the euro-zone crisis.” The CIA espionage orders published today are classified and restricted to Pindo eyes only (“NOFORN”) due to “Friends-on-Friends sensitivities.” The orders state that the collected information is to “support” the activities of the CIA, the DIA and the State Dept’s Intelligence and Research Branch (IRB). The CIA operation ran for ten months from Nov 21 2011 to Sep 29 2012, crossing the Apr-May 2012 French presidential election and several months into the formation of the new government.
Wikileaks Exposes CIA Involvement In French 2012 Presidential Election
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Feb 17 2017
In a move that is sure to unleash a fresh firestorm of accusations that Russia is interfering in the upcoming French elections, Wikileaks has has released three classified CIA “tasking orders” revealing details of a seven-month long spying campaign and involvement by the agency ahead of the 2012 French presidential election. The CIA assessed that President Nicholas Sarkozy’s UMP party was not assured re-election and ordered officers to find out Sarkozy’s private deliberations “on the other candidates” as well as how he interacted with his advisors, according to the documents. The agency also reportedly outlined orders specific to the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement), including obtaining the party’s “Strategic Election Plans” and gleaning private thoughts within the party on Sarkozy’s campaign strategies. The espionage order for “Non-Ruling Political Parties and Candidates Strategic Election Plans” which targeted Hollande, Le Pen and other opposition figures requires obtaining the opposition parties’ strategies for the election, information on internal party dynamics and rising leaders, efforts to influence and implement political decisions, support from local government officials, government elites or business elites, views of Pindostan, efforts to reach out to other countries, including Germany, Britain, Libya, Israel, Palestine, Syria & Cote d’Ivoire, as well as information about party and candidate funding. It also places weight on obtaining the candidates’ attitudes to the E.U’s economic crisis, centering around their position on the Greek debt crisis; the role of France and Germany in the management of the Greek debt crisis; the vulnerability of French government and French banks to a Greek default; and “specific proposals and recommendations” to deal with “the euro-zone crisis”.