Spotlight FRANCE 04/10/2017

Paris turning into e-reputation management hub

A few specialist firms have turned Paris into something of a hub for clandestine influence operations and online propaganda. Demeter Partners has beeen blazing the trail. [...]

Government Intelligence

Beijing and Taipei plan spy swap

Zhou Hongxu, the Chinese student arrested on spying charges in Taiwan in March this year, must be more important than [...]

DGSI and the police get spy-cameras with European cash

After placing a €1.2 million order for spy cameras that can be hidden in rear-view mirrors and baby car seats [...]

Wang Shaojun, invisible star of CCP congress

The 62-year-old Wang Shaojun will be at the centre of security during the Chinese Communist Party's 19th congress this month. [...]

Washington and London come to Beirut's aid

Discussions are accelerating between US and Lebanese security chiefs. While Lebanon's spymaster Abbas Ibrahim and his senior officers were in [...]

Tokyo speeds up cyber- response to growing threat

Japan is in a race against time to secure its cyber infrastructure before the Tokyo Olympic Games in July 2020, [...]

Barzani establishes war council to face external threats

Targeted by Tehran, Istanbul and Baghdad, Massoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, has negotiated a common defence position with Kurdish movements in neighbouring countries. [...]

Presidential CTC welcomes back Chirac's intelligence henchmen

France's new National Counter-terrorism Centre, set up on President Emmanuel Macron's orders, is creating a role for Jacques Chirac's intelligence inner circles. [...]

Kremlin reevaluates alliances in Syria Free

According to Intelligence Online's sources, Russia has renewed its dialogue with the Syrian rebel groups Jaish Al Islam, which is [...]

Special Funds commission chief a friend of Lebanon

Loic Kervran, an MP of Emmanuel Macron's party, has been [...]

Abbas Ibrahim's surprise comments in Washington

If the United States is worried about Iran building a [...]

Less SIGINT control than ever for French intelligence services

Under the terms of the internal security law passed a [...]

US ISR "Iron Triad" needs replacing

The air defense systems of strategic rivals such as Russia [...]

Budget restrictions hit DGSE and special forces

Budget cuts announced by the French government in September will [...]

Abu Dhabi embarrassed about corvette sinking

The UAE authorities are keeping tight-lipped about the affair, but [...]

New Delhi opens negotiation channel with Damascus

The visit to New Delhi of Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmad [...]

Fawzi makes another trip to Damascus

General Khaled Fawzi the head of Egypt's Mukhabarat visited Damascus [...]

Corporate Intelligence

EUROPE

Chodiev increasingly isolated by his former allies

According to our sources, Kazakh Uighur-origin oligarch Alijan Ibragimov, a shareholder in the mining conglomerate Eurasian Resources Group (ERG - [...]

Ex-Carrefour associate in Buenos Aires under SEC scrutiny

Former star raider Juan Navarro, who used to be the French hypermarket group Carrefour's partner in Argentina, has come to [...]

GovSource gets into allied special forces training

The private security firm GovSource Inc has recently landed a contract with the US Department of Defense (DoD) to train [...]

Oculus Financial seals alliance with Providence Group

Yousef al-Majali, the head of the fledgling British financial intelligence firm Oculus Financial Intelligence, is in the process of establishing [...]

Amazon breaks into US intelligence

After four years in development and under test, Amazon Web Service (AWS) and its partner Enlighten IT Consulting (EITC) are [...]

Naval Group's long term export chief may be on way out

According to our sources, Philippe Sauvageot is set to step down as international director of Naval Group (ex-DCNS). Sauvageot's departure [...]

CIA Ex-deputy director returns to private sector

David Cohen, who was hired as CIA chief John Brennan's [...]

Former airbus man joins Thales

Pascal Lesaulnier, who was a long-standing sales agent for Airbus [...]

US firm Elliot hires Brussels lobbyist

The big US hedge fund Elliott Management, headed by Paul [...]

Former FTI director joins Asia Group Advisors expands

Asia Group Advisors (AGA), a consulting firm that specialises in [...]

Libyan honeymoon between Erys Group and Zintan

Arnaud Dessenne and Stephane Gerardin's Erys Group, has been contracted [...]

Borroz joins expertise outfit Global Wonks

After four years with TD International, William Green and Ron [...]

Oringer advises specialist cybersecurity investment firm Awz

Keith Oringer, the chairman of the private security consulting firm [...]

Kate Mallinson has other strings to her bow

As well as heading Russian and Eurasian programmes at the [...]

McLarty stretches from Brussels to Singapore

McLarty Associates, the US consulting firm founded by Thomas McLarty, [...]

International Dealmaking

Major interior ministry purge destabilises contracts

Behind the scenes, the royal palace is getting rid of internal security chiefs one by one. The purge is changing the prerogatives of the ministry and altering the playing field for foreign companies that sell to Saudi Arabia. [...]

Taqnia Cyber, architect of Mohammed bin Salman's cyber-force

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's crown prince and defence minister, is counting on the para-public group to build the kingdom's cyber-security system. [...]

Due Diligence

Bokarev leads Alstom in Central Asia

Andrei Bokarev, the powerful Russian magnate who heads the rail company Transmashholding and is close to the Kremlin, is extending his influence into Central Asia, much to the benefit of his French partner Alstom. [...]

Surveillance & Interception

Texplained detects hackers and backdoors in computer chips

The French startup has invented a way to protect microchips from traps that can be inserted during manufacture. [...]

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