Spy boss reveals secret Elysée mission over Karachi sting

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Since the Karachi affair became public, with revelations that secret cash kickbacks from an arms deal may be linked to the murders of 11 French naval engineers, the Elysée Palace has been adamant that it "in no way concerns" President Nicolas Sarkozy (left). However, that line will become harder to maintain following evidence given to an examining magistrate by Alain Juillet, former number two of the French intelligence agency, the DGSE, and revealed here by Mediapart.

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Since the Karachi affair was first exposed by Mediapart in September 2008, the Elysée Palace has been adamant that it "in no way concerns" President Nicolas Sarkozy. However, that line will become harder to maintain following evidence given last month by Alain Juillet, former number two of the French intelligence agency, the DGSE, to one of the two judges investigating the affair.