James Rogers wrote:
> On 8/2/01 10:46 PM, "Miriam English" <email@example.com> wrote:
> > That is an interesting take on MS's dangerously insecure operating systems.
> > I had simply thought it was more of this, printed in The Age (a reputable
> > Australian Newspaper) early last year:
> > US secret agents work at Microsoft: French intelligence
> > Source: AFP | Published: Saturday February 19, 7:44 AM
> > PARIS, Feb 18 - A French intelligence report today accused US secret agents
> > of working with computer giant Microsoft to develop software allowing
> > Washington to spy on communications around the world.
> The French have reason to be paranoid. Several years ago, there were a
> couple moderately well-known cases where French government backdoor
> shenanigans in international negotiations were manipulated and/or exposed by
> the US government. It was eventually figured out by the French government
> that many of the American commercial hardware and software products they
> were using had been monkeyed by the US intelligence services to monitor
> foreign governmental activities.
> Of course, the French had it coming. For many years now, the French have
> held the title of being the number one perpetrator of espionage against the
> US, usually in close competition with China for the title. What many people
> don't know, is that the US was deporting *hundreds* of French spies
> annually, or at least in the early 90's when I had a working knowledge of
I had heard about this, they were primarily dealing in industrial
espionage, but not exclusively. When the TWA 800 flight went down, and
there were all the theories about it being shot down, I figured it must
have had a french spy or two on it that the US absolutely, positively
didn't want to make it home...
Frankly, besides the Chinese, the French are the second biggest foreign
policy annoyances in the world today. Not just their espionage, but
their manipulation of the US justice system by extortion over the
extradition of heinous killers like Einhorn and Kopp, as well as their
sabotage of the language of various international treaties which demands
the surrender of the sovereign rights of americans, which the present US
administration has the guts to stand up against (the UN Conference on
Small Arms), or which is poisoned with anti-jew language (like the
ironically named Conference on Racism, which Colin Powell is refusing to
sign unless the anti-jew language is removed).
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