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Charlie Hebdo : before the attacks, Manuel Valls would have restricted wiretapping the group associated with the Kouachi brothers

January 14, 2015

When interviewing on the “Great Rendezvous” (a political radio talk show on Europe 1) on Sunday, January 11, the former head of the DCRI Bernard Squarcini revealed that one of the two brothers Kouachi had indeed been wiretapped, but according to Squarcini, not in a sufficient manner.

According to several sources, whose statements were reported on Wednesday by weekly news site Le Point, a close associate of Manuel Valls would have prohibited the DGSE (General Directorate for External Security) and SID (Directorate General of Internal Security) from performing wiretaps in France and abroad of the group associated with the Kouachi brothers, had this been before the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and the kosher supermarket  in Porte de Vincennes.

This associate of the Prime Minister would have chosen not to allow these interceptions according to the review of the CNCIS (National Security Advisory Board on security interceptions). When he gave the interview with the Great Rendezvous on Europe on Sunday, former head of the DCRI, Bernard Squarcini , revealed that one of the two Kouachi brothers had been the subject of a wiretapping.

Citing a “flaw in the system as a whole,” Bernard Squarcini had continued, “[the wiretapping] revealed nothing, and so the judicial powers in France intervened: the President of the National Commission for the Control of Security Interceptions (CNCIS) tells you to stop because your subject does not appear to be or is not active.”

A source quoted by Le Point, which confirms what Bernard Squarcini claimed, said: “They are extremely strict, and have very clear limitations. They authorize only what is allowed according to the letter of the law, taking it very literally; for them, it is the individual who can be tapped, not the group. Which is why we are at war.”

In a statement released Monday, January 12, the CNCIS denies the accusations made by Bernard Squarcini, stating that such wiretapping could not “have ceased” because they “never could have happened.” At no time did the CNCIS express opposition in these cases,” the statement said.