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WikiLeaks: CIA ordered spying on French 2012 election

WikiLeaks: CIA ordered spying on French 2012 electionWikiLeaks has leaked late Thursday what it purports to be a series of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) spying orders issued in 2012 against all political parties in France in the months leading up to the country's presidential election that year.

The surveillance orders, which cover both human (Humint) and electronic (Sigint) forms of spying, give a number of specific targets, including then-president Nicolas Sarkozy, current President Francois Hollande, now-candidate Marine Le Pen and former candidate Dominique Strauss-Khan.

The alleged "tasking orders" are marked as "NoForn", meaning they were designed to stay inside of the secretive U.S. intelligence community (IC).

According to the documents, the CIA espionage operation was active for roughly 10 months, from November 2011 to September 2012.

The order said it would help to "prepare key U.S. policymakers for the post-election French political landscape."

"The CIA assessed that President Sarkozy's party was not assured re-election. Specific instructions tasked CIA officers to discover Sarkozy's private deliberations 'on the other candidates' as well as how he interacted with his advisors," WikiLeaks noted in a press release.

Although WikiLeaks' publication of a purportedly secret CIA document was striking, the orders seemed to represent standard intelligence-gathering.

French media, which are consumed with the upcoming electoral contest only two months away, gave the publication relatively light attention Friday.

WikiLeaks did not answer questions about the document's provenance but said in an email that it was authentic.

The U.S. intelligence community, including the CIA, believes WikiLeaks obtained the leaked emails from hackers working on behalf of Russian intelligence.
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