French Author Accused of Outing Secrets

Saturday December 8, 2007 4:46 AM

Associated Press Writer

PARIS (AP) – A French anti-terrorist judge has filed preliminary charges against an investigative journalist and author accused of publishing defense secrets, judicial officials said Friday.

Authorities are investigating articles by Guillaume Dasquie, including one that reported French intelligence had suspected al-Qaida of planning a plane hijacking nine months before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Dasquie was detained Wednesday after investigators from the DST counterespionage agency searched his residence, the judicial officials said. On Thursday, investigating judge Philippe Coirre, who handles anti-terrorist cases, filed preliminary charges, the officials said.

The charges are for “possessing secret defense documents” and “divulging secret defense documents or intelligence,” the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

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Nato ready as Kosovo tension rises

British troops have been put on high alert to intervene in a possible war in Kosovo, Nato has announced.

  • Harry de Quetteville: Kosovo is not on the cusp of a new war

    Military leaders fear renewed fighting in the breakaway Serbian province, where final negotiations for a peace deal have broken down.

       Nato ready as Kosovo tension rises
    Serbia uses an adapted Churchill quote: ‘We will never surrender!’ in its campaign to keep Kosovo, while Kosovans prepare to fight

    “This is in Europe’s backyard and European nations need to show real leadership,” said David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary.

    He warned of a repeat of the wars that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. “We know from the mid-1990s the cost of Europe wringing its hands and failing to provide leadership.”

    Nato holds three battalions, each of some 800 soldiers, in reserve to its main peacekeeping force of about 16,000 troops in Kosovo. Of those, a German battalion has already been sent to the province.

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  • US official in Blackwater probe quits

    WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – U.S. State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, under scrutiny for his brother’s link to the Blackwater security firm, has decided to resign, U.S. officials said on Friday.Krongard, the State Department’s top investigator, has been accused by current and former subordinates of thwarting probes into waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq, including alleged arms smuggling by Blackwater.

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