John Scarlett, who stepped down as head of the Secret [...]
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.
French president Nicolas Sarkozy is keen for French companies to secure a bigger slice of the lucrative war-zone private security market, dominated by British and American groups such as Control Risks Group and Xe, formerly Blackwater. According to the Association [...]