French Senate official spied on for North Korea, intelligence reports
A senior official working for the French Senate has been arrested on suspicion of espionage on behalf of North Korea.
The Associated Press quoted an anonymous court official who said the employee was arrested on Sunday based on information gleaned from an investigation opened last March.
The source said the investigation concerned “the collection and transmission of information to a foreign power that could harm the fundamental interests of the nation.” The investigation is being carried out by the French internal intelligence agency, the Directorate General of Internal Security.
The official was appointed by a security official by the name of Benoit Quennedey. The source confirmed he was suspected of working for North Korea. The French Senate did not respond to the PA’s request for comment.
Quennedey’s arrest was first reported by the Day-to-day program of the television channel TMC. According to the BBC, Quennedy’s Senate office, Parisian home and his parents’ home near Dijon in Burgundy were all raided.
The world reported that Quennedey was a graduate of France’s elite National School of Administration, where the country’s most promising civil servants and politicians are trained.
The BBC noted that Quennedey had worked for the Senate’s Department of Architecture, Heritage and Gardens. He was also president of the Franco-Korean Friendship Association (AAC), which works to strengthen ties with North Korea and supports the reunification of North and South into one nation.
This post has enabled him to visit the North Korean capital Pyongyang several times in recent years. His travels as a hermit began in 2005, The world reported.
According to the AAFC website, Quennedey met government officials and academics working in architecture and construction during his travels across the country. The official has also published several articles, including one titled “North Korea, This Unknown”, and books, including one titled North Korea’s economy, birth of a new Asian dragon– about the secret nation.
In August, he was interviewed by RT France, the national branch of Russia Today, about North Korea. He welcomed the thaw in relations between North Korea and the United States following the summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
“We are creating the conditions of trust to start the dialogue on the right track,” he told the channel, according to a video. posted on Youtube.
Quennedey is now being questioned by France’s Directorate General for Internal Security to establish whether he provided confidential information “to the pariah regime in Pyongyang,” a security source said. The world.