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US embassy in Paris is ‘home to secret spy nest’

The American embassy in Paris. Home to a secret roof top spying station, if claims are to be believed. Photo: AFP
The American embassy in Paris. Home to a secret roof top spying station, if claims are to be believed. Photo: AFP

The American embassy in Paris. Home to a secret roof top spying station, if claims are to be believed. Photo: AFP

Reports in France suggest the US spied on French presidents from a secret spy nest on the roof of its embassy in Paris, which stands just a stone’s throw from the Elysée palace.

As revelations emerged on Wednesday that the US spied on not one, but three French presidents, focus was being turned to the roof of the US embassy in Paris.

The embassy is located just a stone’s throw away from the Elysée palace where the three presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande all resided over the last ten years.

Liberation newspaper, one of the publications that revealed the spying claims, suggested the building is home to secret rooftop spy station hidden behind a canvas, with fake windows painted on it.

It might seem too simple to be true but according to Liberation this is where the US intelligence services snooped on communications from the Elysée and various ministries, all located nearby.

The paper claims the Special Collection Service, a unit combined by the members of the CIA and the NSA, were in charge of collecting the data.

According to a source in the French intelligence services who has spoken to AFP, Paris knew all about the “secret spy den”.
“It’s common knowledge that the monitoring system had been installed on the roof of the embassy,” said the source.
“Since this system is not intrusive and on US soil, there’s not much France can do.”
No doubt the United States envoy to France, Jane Hartley will be grilled over the spy nest after she was summoned to France’s foreign ministry on Wednesday.

The spying den was installed back in 2004/05 during work on the roof of the embassy, the paper claims.

 

 

 

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