Wikileaks Exposes CIA Involvement In French 2012 Presidential Election

Tyler Durden's picture

In a move that is sure to unleash a fresh firestorm of accusations that Russia is interfering in the upcoming French elections, Wikileaks has has released three classified CIA "tasking orders" revealing details of a seven-month long spying campaign and involvement by the agency ahead of the 2012 French presidential election.

The 7 pages of documents reveal that all major French political parties "were targeted for infiltration by the CIA's human ("HUMINT") and electronic ("SIGINT") spies in the seven months leading up to France's 2012 presidential election."

The latest set of revelations are contained within three CIA tasking orders published as context for its forthcoming - and cryptic - CIA Vault 7 series.

Named as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current President Francois Hollande, then President Nicolas Sarkozy, current round one presidential front runner Marine Le Pen, and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan.

According to Wikileaks, the CIA operation initially ran for 10 months from November 21, 2011, to September 29, 2012, and continued after the April-May 2012 French presidential election and into the formation of the new government.

Specific instructions tasked CIA officers to discover Sarkozy's private deliberations "on the other candidates" as well as how he interacted with his advisors. Sarkozy's earlier self-identification as "Sarkozy the American" did not protect him from US espionage in the 2012 election or during his presidency.

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.

As part of the disclosures, the espionage order for "Non Ruling Political Parties and Candidates Strategic Election Plans" which targeted Francois Holland, Marine Le Pen and other opposition figures requires obtaining opposition parties' strategies for the election; information on internal party dynamics and rising leaders; efforts to influence and implement political decisions; support from local government officials, government elites or business elites; views of the United States; efforts to reach out to other countries, including Germany, U.K., Libya, Israel, Palestine, Syria & Cote d'Ivoire; as well as information about party and candidate funding.

Significantly, two CIA opposition espionage tasks, "What policies do they promote to help boost France's economic growth prospects?" and "What are their opinions on the German model of export-led growth?" resonate with a U.S. economic espionage order from the same year. That order requires obtaining details of every prospective French export contract or deal valued at $200m or more.

The opposition espionage order also places weight on obtaining the candidates' attitudes to the E.U's economic crisis, centering around their position on the Greek debt crisis; the role of France and Germany in the management of the Greek debt crisis; the vulnerability of French government and French banks to a Greek default; and "specific proposals and recommendations" to deal with "the euro-zone crisis".

According to Wikileaks, the CIA espionage orders published today are classified and restricted to U.S. eyes only ("NOFORN") due to "Friends-on-Friends sensitivities". The orders state that the collected information is to "support" the activities of the CIA, the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA)'s E.U section, and the U.S. State Department's Intelligence and Research Branch.

The newly released documents can be downloaded here.

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Belrev's picture

Russian hackers do it again and now make a prank phone call to senator Mccain where he spills his beans.

Laddie's picture

The propaganda against Putin is just amazing, Richard Nixon levels.

Philip Weiss: "Israel interferes in our politics all the time, and it’s never a scandal" by Kevin MacDonald emeritus professor of psychology at California State University - Long Beach

y3maxx's picture

-Sounds to me like Mccain broke the law by speaking with the Ukrainian Prime Minister.

Billy the Poet's picture

News overload. The game is afoot. This Vault 7 series will be huge and CIA has known about it for a week or so. Flynn and everything else could be wrapped up in the preparations for these releases.

froze25's picture

Just watched the video above, you can't make this shit up. These are the same guys that got Maxine Waters last week. spread it around McCain deserves every bit of it.

Pinto Currency's picture

de Gaulle was knocked-out by the CIA and MI6 in the 1960s for trying to introduce gold money - nothing new.

“...At the same time, he strongly opposed the global economic dictate of US currency, insisting on establishing the golden standard as the base of international economic relations.

De Gaulle's efforts were deliberately undermined by the architects of dollar-based globalization. The student movement in Paris started, without any significant domestic social reasons, literally a month after the meeting of Bilderberg Club where Baron Edmond de Rothschild and leading CIA strategist, rabid anticommunist James Jesus Angleton launched a far-reaching scenario of destabilization of Europe, instrumentalizing an ambitious George Pompidou for a political change in France that should be fairly recognized as a sophisticated coup d'etat. ...”

"But tragically, it was not to result. Within days of the French refusal to back Washington's SDR dollar bailout scheme, France itself was the target of the most serious political destabilization of the postwar period. Beginning with leftist students at the University of Strasbourg, soon all of France was brought to a chaotic halt as students rioted and struck across France. Coordinated with the political unrest (which, interestingly the French Communist Party attempted to calm down), U.S. and British investment houses started a panic run on the French Franc which gained momentum as it was touted loudly in Anglo-American financial media. ...

...Sadly, the counterattack of the Anglo-Americans succeeded. Within a year, de Gaulle was out of office and France's voice severely weakened."

booboo's picture

So this just establishes what we all know, it is all about money. One bank to rule them all

Thought Processor's picture



This is standard CIA practice for all major elections for most countries around the world.  U.S. included.

booboo's picture

But the intel they want is all financial, they want to know how they feel about the spice flows, how they feel about who controls the spice and if the current spice flows will continue unabated.

wanglee's picture
wanglee (not verified) booboo Feb 16, 2017 5:26 PM

Not only democrats rigged Primary to elect Clinton as presidential candidate last year even though she has poor judgement (violating government cyber security policy) and is incompetent (her email server was not secured) when she was the Secretary of State, and was revealed to be corrupt by Bernie Sanders during the Primary, but also democrats encourage illegal immigration, discourage work, and “conned” young voters with free college/food/housing/health care/Obama phone.
However middle class/working class used their common senses voting against her last November. Therefore I am not impressed with the “integrity” and “judgement” of democrats, Anti-Trump protesters, and media who donated/endorsed Clinton during presidential election.

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BennyBoy's picture


Is a US-sanctioned military coup involvement in a presidential election?

If yes, then we've elected many, many, many dictat...presidents.

BennyBoy's picture


Thank goodness for WikiLeaks!

Whoa Dammit's picture

Lets see, who was Secretary of State in 2012 and likely ordered this info gathering from the CIA? Whose son-in-law could have benefited from the export contract info?  Do the initials HRC ring a bell?

I sure hope WikiLeaks has info on the CIA involvement in the Ukraine Coup.

mind reset's picture
mind reset (not verified) Whoa Dammit Feb 17, 2017 6:01 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Resistance Is Hope's picture

Thank you, sir. Very informative. I have learned more about politics, economics, and life from this site than I did in college and high school combined.

TheReplacement's picture

This is not about money at all.  This is, and always has been, about power.  Money is just a tool to that end.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

France sent a warship to New York harbor in early August 1971 with instructions to bring back its gold from the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

It was, after all, French President Charles de Gaulle who remained consistently skeptical about the US dollar, saying at a press conference on February 4, 1965, that it was impossible for the dollar to be “an impartial and international trade medium . . . It is in fact a credit instrument reserved for one state only.”


Can't wait to see a Chinese destroyer on the Hudson.

Oh wait! Isn't that a Russian 'spy' ship off the east coast?

Let's have another round of Freedom Fries with our Euro friends.

You want your gold? What stinkin' gold.


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock


earleflorida's picture

i can't thank you enough for the ZH link from June/2001 authored by John Law.

i noted that Mr. Law commented about Part II in the future on his post update.

fasinating read.  so much history condensed for a quick summary. EXCELLENT!!!

i [myself] had been coming to ZH as far back as early/02 observing the thread.

"Operation Gladio - Nato's Secret Armies " daniele ganser c.2005 was a great read and the first expose.

Gen. De Gaulle fucked-up the 'Deep-State' system throwing NATO's HQ's out of France,... having to relocate in Brussel's. 

Gen Eisenhower had been approached by the US. Gov't military to assassinate/kill De Gaulle and is quoted as saying in his memoirs he would follow orders if it came to the 'HIT', but he would offer his resignation as a military officer.

Ike (admired) felt very strongly about De Gaulles courage and heroic's.{esp., in regards to the Nazi-Vichy French Gov't.} 

again, thanks for the 'GOOD DIGGING'  :-))     and... thank you ZH/Tyler 

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

i can't thank you enough for the ZH link from June/2001 authored by John Law. fascinating read.  so much history condensed for a quick summary. EXCELLENT!!!

please share the link


Shemp 4 Victory's picture

McCain will overflow his diaper over this.

Son of Loki's picture
New Papers Reveal Obama State Dept Knew Benghazi Attack Not Caused by Protests


Former Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy. (AP)  ( -- State Department documents released through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the government watchdog Judicial Watch reveal, contrary to Obama administration claims, the State Department knew as early as Sept. 12, 2012 that the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya was a "direct breaching attack." It was not sparked "under the cover of a protest" or in response to an anti-Islamic YouTube video.

Clinton even stated this to the parents of Americans who had died in Benghazi at the victims' coffin ceremony.


Crooked Hillery lied?

Giant Meteor's picture

"Crooked Hillary lied?"

I am assuming this was a rhetorical question?

Antifaschistische's picture

Here's the smoking gun.....CLEAN house at the CIA!!

Krungle's picture

They claim to have gotten McConnel and Graham too. Supposed to release them in the coming days. All need to resign obviously. The precedent has been set. And their entire staffs must also go--if they can't properly vet calls from Russian comedians then they are incompetent. 

This will all probably turn out to be an op hatched by Flynn's kid on one of the chans. 




Croesus's picture

@ CIA:

"People who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones".

Giant Meteor's picture

Also, a rolling stone gathers no moss !

Billy the Poet's picture

Have you seen Mick Jagger lately?

Croesus's picture

@ Giant Meteor:

I always liked "A closed mouth gathers no foot".

Giant Meteor's picture

Yeah, thanks for that. I have had the ole hoof and mouth disease on a few occasions. Used to be hell at the annual Christmas parties. Btw, hat tip to you as well. You are one bad ass looking dude!

Still, beware the the crafty Persians!

All in good spirits, Croesus!

Much respect , 

GM (not to be confused with General Motors)

07564111's picture

This info, used wisely can only help Marine Le Pen. The young that support her all dislike the EU US and NATO.

Escrava Isaura's picture

y3max:  Sounds to me like Mccain broke the law by speaking with the Ukrainian Prime Minister.

How about the US ambassador that met Hugo Chavez kidnapers—2002 coup d’état?


boattrash's picture

y3maxx, I challenged him (McStain) to a duel a couple days ago, but I haven't heard back from his "staffers" yet...

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) y3maxx Feb 17, 2017 3:58 AM

Any congress critter taking on diplomatic pretenses is engaging in sedition at best and treason at worst. The only motive they can have is graft.

Joe Davola's picture

Well, O did send cash to "anyone but Netanyahu" groups and his campaign manager to Israel - but it wasn't on the down low, so that doesn't make it interference!

TheReplacement's picture

...which is interesting. 

Go to any mainstream site, search for articles about Israel and Netanyahu, and read the comments.  You will see lots of Nuttyahoo (sic) comments.  The left seems to hate that guy about as much as Putin.  Oblamer sending money to the opposition would sure seem to confirm that.  Putin getting along with him would seem to validate that.  Trump getting along with him would seem to validate that.

IDK.  It is just interesting.

sixsigma cygnusatratus's picture

"...CIA Involvement In French 2012 Presidential Election"

So under Obama, France ended up with a socialist President through CIA activity?  What a suprise!

Le Pen 2017