Amarante freed French hostage
Pierre-Antoine Lorenzi's private security company handled the negotiation and release of French hostage Charles Ballard, the financial director of the NGO Acted in Afghanistan. [...]
The DGSE (Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure) is France’s external intelligence service. Operating all over the world, the agents of its operations department, or DO, and intelligence department, DR, have distinguished themselves recently in Africa and the Middle East. The service’s technical department, or DT, is France’s dedicated interceptions service, like Britain’s GCHQ or the NSA in the US.
Since its budget only represents 1.3% of the country's defence spending, excluding special funds, the Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure (DGSE), France' biggest intelligence service, may slip through the net in the latest round of government cuts. Furthermore, President [...]