cj#1066> French Intelligence: U.S./Microsoft Spying


Richard Moore

From: "Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space"
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Subject: U.S./Microsoft Spying
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2000 18:31:27 -0500
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Sydney Morning Herald

US secret agents work at Microsoft: French

Source: AFP | Published: Saturday February 19, 7:44 AM

PARIS, Feb 18 - A French intelligence report today
accused US secret agents of working with computer
giant Microsoft to develop software allowing
Washington to spy on communications around the world.

The report, drawn up by the Strategic Affairs
Delegation (DAS), the intelligence arm of the French
Defence Ministry, was quoted in today's edition of the
news-letter Le Monde du Renseignement (Intelligence

Written by a senior officer at the DAS, the report
claims agents from the National Security Agency (NSA)
helped install secret programmes on Microsoft
software, currently in use in 90 per cent of

According to the report there was a 'strong suspicion'
of a lack of security fed by insistent rumours about
the existence of spy programs on Microsoft, and by the
presence of NSA personnel in Bill Gates' development

The NSA protects communications for the US government,
and also intercepts electronic messages for the
Defence Department and other US intelligence agencies,
the newsletter said.

According to the report, 'it would seem that the
creation of Microsoft was largely supported, not least
financially, by the NSA, and that IBM was made to
accept the (Microsoft) MS-DOS operating system by the
same administration.'

The report claimed the Pentagon was Microsoft's
biggest client in the world.

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