“The agent who uncovered the worrying message informed his superiors of what he considered an imminent threat and advised them to inform the General Direction of Interior Security, the French equivalent of MI5. However, his written warnings went unanswered and senior officers at the Paris Police Prefecture Intelligence Unit were away at the time.”
Yes, why should they have been working harder? Why should they have paid any attention to this? It’s a religion of peace!
French spies doctored files to cover up failings that resulted in jihadists murdering a priest in his church, according to French reports.
Claims that agents post-dated documents to cover their blunders have cast a fresh spotlight on counterterrorism agencies in the wake of over a string of terror attacks that have left 239 people dead in France since 2015.
Red tape and a battle of egos between intelligence managers are costing lives, according to the report published by Mediapart, the investigative news website, which conducted a six-month investigation into the blunders.
On July 26, 2016, Islamists Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean burst into a church in the small town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy and slit the throat of Jacques Hamel, the 85-year-old priest, in front of four parishioners. Police shot dead the pair as they left the church.
However, it now appears that five days previously an agent at the Paris Police Prefecture Intelligence Unit had come across an encrypted channel on Telegram, a favoured messaging service with terrorists, containing a message from a certain @Jayyed boasting that “I haven’t been uncovered”.
@Jayyed was in fact Kermiche, who then posted a video on the channel claiming that he gave lessons in a mosque in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
In one message he urged attacks on churches and said that with a knife one could “cut off two or three heads” and create “carnage”.
A subsequent police report noted that the comments “clearly pointed towards a jihadist profile turned in an explicit manner towards the Islamic State organisation”.
The agent who uncovered the worrying message informed his superiors of what he considered an imminent threat and advised them to inform the General Direction of Interior Security, the French equivalent of MI5.
However, his written warnings went unanswered and senior officers at the Paris Police Prefecture Intelligence Unit were away at the time.
Officers cited by Mediapart said that after the murder, the agent was asked to post-date his notes and erase his computer’s browser history to ensure that the blunder went unnoticed. But he omitted to erase the original date of the document from one of the computer files….