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French Senate official arrested for 'North Korea spying'

27 Nov 2018

Intelligence agencies have arrested a senior French civil servant on suspicion of spying for North Korea, a judicial source in Paris said.

Benoit Quennedey, the president of the Franco-Korean Friendship Association who has written a book on the isolated nation, was placed in custody on Sunday.

The Paris prosecutor was investigating him over the "collection and delivery of information to a foreign power likely to undermine the fundamental interests of the nation", said a judicial source on Monday.

Investigators from France's DGSI domestic intelligence agency are looking into whether Quennedey provided information to Pyongyang, the source said.

Daily television show Quotidien reported that his Senate office had been raided. The inquiry began in March.

According to the Senate website, Quennedey is a senior administrator in France's upper house of parliament in the department of architecture, heritage and gardens.

He has written frequent articles on North Korea and travelled extensively throughout the peninsula, according to the website of his publisher Delga.

The Franco-Korean Friendship Association pushes for closer ties with North Korea and supports the reunification of the divided Koreas.

North Korea under Kim Jong Un is under strict economic sanctions aimed at forcing the regime to abandon its nuclear missile programme.

Ties with the South and the United States have improved markedly since Kim and US President Donald Trump held a historic summit in Singapore in June but the US is still pushing to maintain sanctions until Pyongyang's "final, fully verified denuclearisation".

In an interview posted on YouTube in August, Quennedey welcomed the easing of tensions.

The president of the Senate declined to comment to AFP.

Op zondag 9 september 2018 00:02 schreef remlof het volgende:
ik ben alles behalve intellectueel.
  dinsdag 27 november 2018 @ 20:29:48 #2
313152 Harvest89
Black Metal fan
Hoeveel jaar celstraf zou je voor zoiets kunnen krijgen als hij schuldig is?
Vroeger kreeg je daar volgens mij de kogel voor.
Deceit for a lifetime has taken it's toll.
An emotional void, I feel numb and cold.
You're all dead to me now. And has been for long.
The time has come to reap what you've sown.
  dinsdag 27 november 2018 @ 20:31:15 #3
176450 Kaneelstokje
Archbishop of Banterbury
0s.gif Op dinsdag 27 november 2018 20:29 schreef Harvest89 het volgende:
Hoeveel jaar celstraf zou je voor zoiets kunnen krijgen als hij schuldig is?
Vroeger kreeg je daar volgens mij de kogel voor.
Fransen hadden guillotine.
Emotionele exclusiviteit monogamie-adept
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Moest ie voor die bolle Kim een goed recept voor coq au vin zien te bemachtigen?
Much like down syndrom, red hair is a genetic mutation, and it occurs when a human has unprotected sex with a clown.
  woensdag 28 november 2018 @ 22:07:10 #5
7380 Treinhomo
Bring me Edelweiss
Op dinsdag 27 november 2018 20:31 schreef Kaneelstokje het volgende:
Fransen hadden guillotine.
Alsook het vuurpeloton.
Mike Pence and ISIS are both homophobic,
but Mike doesn't throw gay men off the roof
so he is better
this isn't that hard, people !
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