Keyword: CIA

Did US novelist John Steinbeck spy for the CIA in Paris?

In 1954, US novelist John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men and East of Eden, sojourned in Paris, when he wrote a short story published in the daily Le Figaro and which was re-published for the first time in English this week under the title The Amiable Fleas, but evidence suggests that during his stay in the French capital Steinbeck may also have been gathering intelligence for the CIA.

The CIA's highbrow operation to dismantle France's intellectual Left

By Gabriel Rockhill
Michel Foucault, described by the CIA as 'France's most profound thinker'. Michel Foucault, described by the CIA as 'France's most profound thinker'.

A 1985 Central Intelligence Agency research document now released under the US Freedom of Information Act, shows how agents of the American spy agency closely followed the complex and influential works of the high priests of post-war French intelligentsia such as Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan and Roland Barthes, while they placed Jean-Paul Sartre under especial surveillance. Their aim was to encourage the divisions among intellectuals of the French Left and to fuel a global cultural war. Political theorist Gabriel Rockhill details and analyses the highbrow operation led by an agency more usually associated with assassinations and the covert manipulation of governments.

German FM and staff were targets of systematic NSA taps

By , and Julian Assange (WikiLeaks)

The phones of German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and those of many of his ministry staff were systematically tapped by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in an eavesdropping operation that began at least 15 years ago, Mediapart can reveal in this report in collaboration with WikiLeaks. Confidential NSA documents obtained by WikiLeaks also disclose how Steinmeier, during his first term as foreign minister in 2005, “appeared relieved” to have been spared details of infamous rendition flights operated by the US over German airspace. Jérôme Hourdeaux and Mathieu Magnaudeix report.

France's Marine Le Pen denies defending torture

The leader of France’s far-right Front National said it was 'malicious' to interpret her comments in a TV interview that way.