Central Intelligence Agency documents released by WikiLeaks Thursday list Canada as one of several countries asked to assist the United States while they spied on the 2012 French presidential election.
The three CIA tasking orders request that current French president Francois Hollande, then president Nicolas Sarkozy and current first round presidential front runner Marine Le Pen all be closely monitored.
CIA officers were asked to uncover the secret strategies of the candidates, as well as information on internal power dynamics within the parties. Canada is listed as one of five countries working on human intelligence parts of the operation however there are no specifics on which parts of the operation, if any, Canada was involved in.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Communications Security Establishment Canada, and the Department of Global Affairs did not immediately reply to requests for comment. Ashley Lemire, senior communications advisor at the Department of National Defence, told the National Post: “The Government of Canada does not comment on leaked documents.”
Economic intelligence was also a focus of the spying during France’s 2012 election. Agents were asked to answer questions about non-ruling political parties and candidates including: “What are their opinions on the German model of export-led growth?” A 2012 document, marked “SECRET”, that Wiklieaks previously released, tasks U.S. intelligence with compiling information on brewing export deals or export contracts in France worth $200 million or more.
In addition to Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain, and Australia are all listed under a section indicating which countries are assisting with the “HUMINT” or human intelligence aspect of the operation. Those four countries, along with the United States, make up the Five Eyes intelligence sharing alliance.
(SEE: Canada assists U.S spies in 2012 French election
The latest Wikileaks website’s revelation has shown that all major French political parties were hacked in the course of the massive CIA operation that spanned over ten months before the 2012 presidential election in the country.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The CIA officially ordered its agents to penetrate all the major political parties in France and their electronic systems before the country’s 2012 presidential election, WikiLeaks revealed with a cache of agency documents made public on Thursday.
“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,” WikiLeaks said in an accompanying statement.
WikiLeaks published three CIA tasking orders that named the French Socialist Party, the National Front and Union for a Popular Movement as targets for penetration.
Current French President Francois Hollande, then-President Nicolas Sarkozy, current presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan were all targeted too, according to the released documents.
One of the CIA orders directed agents to learn opposition parties’ strategies for the election, information on internal party dynamics and rising leaders and efforts to influence and implement political decisions, the documents reveal.
The CIA operation ran for ten months from November 21, 2011 until September 29, 2012, WikiLeaks noted. (SEE: CIA Hacked All Major French Parties