The Intelligence Files: Today's Secrets, Tomorrow's Scandals

The Intelligence Files: Today's Secrets, Tomorrow's Scandals

The Intelligence Files: Today's Secrets, Tomorrow's Scandals

The Intelligence Files: Today's Secrets, Tomorrow's Scandals


"This collection of the decade's "best-of" from the online journal, Intelligence, offers a shocking glimpse into the frequently illicit and routinely immoral undertakings of states, whose harm to individuals, groups and other countries in seldom recognized or understood by the public at large. Fifteen thoroughly researched and documented chapters probe the clandestine workings of the world's intelligence services - from the CIA and the FBI in the US, MI5 and MI6 in Britain, the DGSE and DST in France, the Surete d'Etat in Belgium, all the way to the DINA in Chile and its ties to both the CIA and the international "Black Orchestra" and its neo-Fascist assassins in Italy and Portugal." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


INTRODUCTION Intelligence and the ADI

I had been invited to serve more or less as the “contradictor” to ordained knowledge at the closed Western European Union (WEU) meeting on the future of EU intelligence, “Developing a European Intelligence Policy”, held in Paris on 13-14 March 1997. There were only one or two non-military speakers in attendance; I was the only person without security clearance from at least one Western government. My presentation had been carefully organized around strictly publicly-accessible information—what is often called “open-source intelligence” —and I had just ventured where angels fear to tread.

“What Mr. Schmidt has just said about secret French-American cooperation concerning the variable-thrust rocket ramjet is not exactly correct but we can't talk about it here.”

That was Admiral Pierre Lacoste, who had been head of the French foreign intelligence service (Direction générale de la sécurité extérieure [DGSE]) when its agents sank the Rainbow Warrior in Auchland harbor, New Zealand, in July 1985, and got caught.

“What Mr. Schmidt said about secret French-American cooperation in nuclear weapons and between Megajoule and the National Ignition Facility is not exactly correct, but we can't discuss it here.”

That was powerful conservative French MP, Jacques Baumel, then president of the WEU political commission and author of the 13 May 1996 WEU report, A European Intelligence Policy, on setting up a unified Western European “intelligence unit”. Mr. Baumel is sometimes referred to as the “civilian godfather of General de Gaulle's French atomic bomb”.

Vice-Admiral Michel d'Oléon, a good friend and a former head of intelligence for the WEU (often referred to as the EU's “ministry of defense”), looked at Lacoste, then at Baumel and the senior brass around the table, and only half jokingly stated:

“Then what are we going to talk about?”

It was a good question.

What Lacoste didn't want me telling other senior European military officers was that the next-generation air-to-air missile would be based on secret US-French cooperation since France had successfully developed the engine (a variable-thrust rocket ramjet) that the US didn't have, and the US had the guidance and tracking avionics that France didn't have. Recognizing . . .

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