February 16, 15:18 EST
Wikileaks has released three classified CIA espionage orders revealing details of an alleged seven-month long spying campaign by the agency ahead of the 2012 French presidential election.
The documents disclose that all of France’s major political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA's human ("HUMINT") and electronic ("SIGINT") spies.
The CIA assessed that President Nicholas Sarkozy's UMP party was not assured re-election and ordered officers to find out Sarkozy's private deliberations "on the other candidates" as well as how he interacted with his advisors, according to the documents.
The agency also reportedly outlined orders specific to the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement), including obtaining the party’s “Strategic Election Plans" and gleaning private thoughts within the party on Sarkozy’s campaign strategies.
The agency also outlined orders specific to the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement), including obtaining the party’s “Strategic Election Plans" and gleaning private thoughts within the party on Sarkozy’s campaign strategies.
According to the papers, the CIA justification for seeking detailed information on the inner workings of the party was to assist “analysts assess and prepare US key policymakers” for the post-election French political landscape and the potential impact on US-France relations.
Another secret CIA order included in the leaks entitled, "Non Ruling Political Parties and Candidates Strategic Election Plans," demands information on rising party leaders and emerging political parties.
The information sought ranged from party strategies, opinions on the US and efforts to reach out to other countries, including Germany, UK, Libya, Israel, Palestine, Syria and Cote d'Ivoire.
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