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16 April 2014, Wednesday
 
 
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Merah is claimed to be French intelligence asset

THIS UNDATED AND UNLOCATED FRAME GRAB PROVIDED ON MARCH 21, 2012 BY FRENCH TV STATION FRANCE 2 SHOWS MOHAMED MERAH. (PHOTO: AP)
28 March 2012, Wednesday /TODAY'S ZAMAN
Mohamed Merah, a gunman who claimed responsibility for the recent killing of seven people in Toulouse, is reported to be a French intelligence asset, which raised questions about French security officials' failure to stop Merah.

Merah, a French citizen of Algerian descent, claimed responsibility for killing three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and three paratroopers earlier this month. After a 32-hour standoff with police, he died Thursday in a hail of gunfire as he jumped out a window of his apartment in the southern city of Toulouse.

Italian newspaper Il Foglio reported that the French Directorate General for External Security (DGES) assisted Merah in visiting Israel. Merah was in Israel for three days and then traveled to Afghanistan and North Waziristan in Pakistan, where prosecutors said he had contacts with al-Qaeda and trained in the Pakistan militant stronghold of Waziristan. He had been on a US no-fly list since 2010.

Former intelligence chief Yves Bonnet has claimed that Merah was reporting to the Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DCRI) in return for money. He said that during the standoff, Merah asked to meet with an intelligence agent who he supposedly had known for a long time. According to Bonnet, Merah's request to meet with the intelligence agent is suspicious, which was refuted by Bernard Squarcini, head of the DCRI.

“Merah was in contact with an intelligence official working for the DCRI, which makes me think. It does not matter if one calls that person an intelligence asset or traitor. I have no idea what kind of connection he had with the intelligence directorate, but still this needs to be investigated,” said Bonnet. “An intelligence officer is in a relationship; this is not an innocent or insignificant piece of information,” he said.

During the standoff Merah wanted to talk to the intelligence official that he knew long before, and all negotiations with Merah were conducted via this official. However, Squarcini, in an interview with Le Monde, only said that Merah had cordial contact with that intelligence official and wanted to contact that person to inform him of the location of the motorcycle and arms he used during the attack.

In the meantime, a 12-year-old boy was beaten outside his Jewish school in Paris by youths chanting anti-Semitic slogans, school officials said, amid high security and tensions in France following the killings of Jewish children and a rabbi last week. 

 
 
COMMENTS
This was clearly a false flag assult by French intelligence on behalf of the French government and its EU masters, so they can use the "attack" as an excuse to remove civil liberties. The elites are crazy, mentally ill.
Wake Up
Algeria refused to accept the body of this killer of 4 Jews, a Christian and 2 Muslims. And his father has no decency nor shame whatsover and now suing the French government for the death of his evil salafist fanatic son.Ridiculous. No brainer to know who will pay the lawyers bill. Only in a democra...
s
He is not a "gunmen". He is a murderer of innocent citizens because of their religion. Exactly like the murdreres of Al Qaida, Jihad or Hamas.
Omer
Just because DGSE gets involved in internal French politics is no reason not to trust the Agency's integrity. Just because they are the vehicle for freeing captured terrorists in France is no reason not to trust the Agency. Just because Western intel services have little to do with DGSE is no reaso...
inge
No-one in the US trust the DGSE, aka La Piscine. It has had Soviet and Arab spies at the highest levels, and its agents are notoriously corrupt. The DST has always been respected, and the RG, ignored.This report of double dealing is no surprise. Rainbow Warrior revisited.
bill
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