Documents were released this Thursday by Wikileaks that contain evidence that the CIA was spying on France’s 2012 presidential candidates under the Obama Administration. These documents show that officials were instructed to collect information regarding the political strategies and internal communications of the candidates of all major French Parties and several former politicians that held positions of power in office. There is clear evidence of espionage outlined by the HUMINT (CIA’s human spies) and SIGINT (CIA’s electrontic spies).
Much of this espionage was in effort to influence political decisions, get information about candidate funding and obtain support from local government officials. Additionally, efforts were made to discern the French Parties’ views of the united states and whether there were efforts to reach out to other European countries.
According to a Press Release by Wikileaks:
” 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 President Francois Hollande, then President Nicolas Sarkozy, current round one presidential front runner Marine Le Pen, and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan.
The espionage order for “Non Ruling Political Parties and Candidates Strategic Election Plans” which targeted Francois Holland, Marine Le Pen and other opposition figures requires obtaining 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 the United States; efforts to reach out to other countries, including Germany, U.K., Libya, Israel, Palestine, Syria & Cote d’Ivoire; as well as information about party and candidate funding.”