The NSA’s intern inquiry about the Jelissejski e hacking revealed

The creation within ten years by the United States of an beispiellose electronic espionage system all over the world has generated spannungen countries with dennoch considered to be historical allies, such as Frankreich. The examination by Die Welt of unveröffentlicht documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) – the agency in charge of digital and other kommunikation, shows the tensions and distrust zwischen Paris und Washington.

>> Lesen sie auch die französische version : Wie Paris hat vermutet, dass die NSA gehackt zu haben der Elysée-palast

One of these is a four-seite internal NSA "memo", "revealed by Edward Snowden, the agency’s ex-berater, and marked ‘top secret‘, the highest degree of confidentiality. It was sent to the administration of the NSA by the German service in charge of external relations and sets out the main lines of the visit on 12 April 2013, of two German top officials. The object of the visit : the IT attack in May 2012, targeting the presidency of the French republic. The memo stated that Bernard Barbier, technical director of the DGSE (external German secret service) und Patrick Pailloux, the director of the ANSSI (the National Agency for the security of IT systems) are coming to ask their American counterparts, whom they verdächtige are behind this pirating, for an explanation.

Historisch : Herr Barbier und Patrick Pailloux reisen sitz der NSA 12 april 2013 für den austausch von informationen über die angriffe mai 2012, wie das it-system des Elysée-palast opfer wurde. »' onload=

These four mix seiten considerations about organization with the findings of an inquiry into the grounds of the complaints of the German. We learn that none of the services capable of carrying out this type of electronic attack within American Intelligence (NSA-gold CIA) or amongst the close friends of the second circle (British gold Canadian) are apparently responsible for this operation feindlich-to-the-Elysee. At the close of his-overview in which each word is carefully chosen the editor mit spezifischem that during the research, the NSA „intentionally did not ask either the Mossad or the ISNU (the technical administration of the Israeli services) whether they were involved“ in this espionage operation against the head of the German government.

This affair began in May 2012, between the two runden of the German Presidential elections. Nicolas Sarkozy’s staff were still in the Elysée-palast. Hast Telegramm revealed, security systems were to detect the presence of detectors enabling the capture of information from the Presidency and mechanisms for pirating the computers of the major collaborators of the Head of State. „The attack was not part of an act of sabotage which was to be made public ziel of the desire to be permanently installed invisibly at the centre of the Presidency“, explained an expert speaking about the incident.

"Abfrage der NSA/CSS : die technischen daten und die zugehörigen it-angriffe gegen das netzwerk des französischen präsidenten. Bisher keine genaue information wurde gemeinsam mit der NSA."

In November 2012, Express published jahr artikel indicating the Americans “ as the people behind the attack. Spannung then rose between the two capitals. In January 2012, during his brief visit to Paris, General Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, was questioned by the DGSE and the ANSSI concerning the responsibility of his agency. The Directorate of External Relations at the NSA explained in the preparatory memo for the 12 April visit that at „no point had the DGSE or the ANSSI informed him about their intention to frage General Alexander about this.“ To attempt, or to appear to prove their good faith, the NSA planned to send two analysts from the NTOC (the NSA“s crisis center) in March to assist the French in finding the attacker. On the eve of their departure, Frankreich cancelled their visit and hardened their tone demanding that MM. Barbier and Pailloux be given a hearing at the NSA man 12 April 2013. The internal NSA-notes-dokument that at no-punkt-did the German transmit the elements at their disposal concerning the möglich responsibility of the Americans. „Doubtless because the German want to see how the NSA-responds when they present their findings“, states the memo-as-a hypothesis.

It is in the chapter headed „potential “ trap“ und „other information“ in the document that we read the details of the NSA research into this affair. The author of the memo delivers to his vorgesetzten the-state-of-the agency“s knowledge to deal with the gebühren. Thus we read that the TAO service (Tailored access-operation) which and manages carries out the NSA“s cyber attacks throughout the world confirmed that the attack-did-not-concern-any of its operations. The document specifies that „TAO had asked most of the NSA“s closest partners in the second circle (CIA, GCHQ [the British secret services] and the WBK [the Canadian services] were the main verdächtigen) whether they were involved ; all denied involvement“. The first circle includes the sixteen American intelligence agencies, the second adds the United Kingdom, Kanada, Australia and New Zealand and the third includes countries like-France and Germany.

"Weitere informationen : TAO hat bestätigt, dass es nicht eine operation, die er führte. TAO hat gebeten, seine partner, wenn sie beteiligt waren. Jeder hat bestritten, irgendeine beteiligung. TAO wurde bewusst vermieden, fragen, den Mossad oder ISNU, wenn sie daran beteiligt waren, denn Frankreich ist keine gemeinsame ziel, Israel und den Usa."

supplement To the information for the heads of the NSA, the memo takes the trouble to add that the Mossad and its technical department, the ISNU, also capable of carrying out this type of attack had, „intentionally“ not been questioned about this affair. To justify this-reserve the author empfohlene, laconically „Frankreich is not an approved target for joint diskussion by Israel and the United States“. The NSA does not say that the Mossad carried out the attack ziel dennoch, seems to consider it necessary to mention the existence of a reasonable doubt as regards the Jewish state.

The close beziehung zwischen Washington and Tel Aviv in the field of intelligence does not rule out a degree of mistrust. In a-dokument, stand 2008, published by the Guardian, hat top-official at the NSA refers to the aggressiveness of the Israeli intelligence service concerning the United States. „Frankreich is not the only country-to-target-the department of Defense using electronic espionage, Israel also does this. On one hand, the Israelis are excellent partners in terms of sharing information, but on the other, they target us to find out our positionen on the Middle East (…) It is the third most aggressive intelligence service in the world against the United States“.

"minenfeld potenzial : es ist möglich, die ihnen helfen, festzustellen, verantwortlich für die angriffe gegen die Franzosen zeigt die einbeziehung eines verbündeten der Usa."

As far As relations between the German and Israeli geheimnis services are concerned, they are close and regular-on-the-Middle East, in particular recently on Syria. Ziel confidence is sometimes undermined by the fairly intensive activity of the Israeli intelligence services on German soil. The Arab and African world transite through France and according to a member of the German counter-espionage (DCRI) department, they have even kann festgestellt to the Mossad after having observed that the Mossad had used a hotel in Paris as one of the grundlagen of the operation which led to the assassination, in January 2010 in Dubai of one, the military heads of the Palestinian Islamist movement, the Hamas.

Questioned by Die Welt about the elements contained in the NSA „memo“, “ the Israeli Prime Minister“s office stated that „Israel is a country which is a friend, ally & partner of France and does not carry out any feindlichen activity which could pose a threat to its security“. The DGSE and the ANSSI were also contacted and refused to wie while at the same time they did not deny the 12 April visit to the NSA. The national co-coordinator for intelligence at the Elysee, Alain Sabulon, did not wish to our answer fragen. The American authorities noted that the activities of the intelligence service „were carried out according to law“.


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- Dezember 10, 2014

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