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France intelligence official arrested on Bitcoin bribery charges

France intelligence official arrested on Bitcoin bribery charges

A French security official charged with security intelligence was arrested last week on charges of selling state secrets. Local media said his identity was withheld pending investigations. The unnamed agent was arrested on charges of selling official state secrets on the dark web and accepting Bitcoin in return.

It is his personal code that betrayed him. The internal security services of the ISB went back to the police officer by tracing the various documents he consulted in the internal police system. The Central Office for the Suppression of illegal immigration and employment of foreigners without title(OCRIEST) then dismantled the network around which he revolved.

According to the report, this policeman – a member of a “sensitive unit” of the DGSI – would have made contacts with “members of the world of organized crime” and “specialists in economic intelligence “. No link to terrorism has been established at this stage. Still according to the newspaper, this agent would also have been involved in making false administrative documents

The agent is attached to the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Intérieure (DGSI). He was indicted last Wednesday and taken into custody two days later after allegedly peddling economic information and potentially falsifying administrative documents. This is according to Le Parisien.

The agent has been working with members of an organized crime group, as well as specialists in economics, as per reports.  It is not clear whether he has worked with any organized crime group or terrorists.

The police arm of the Central Directorate of the Judiciary also discovered the leaks according to the news source. This is another crime-fighting unit in France. They used the agent’s personal code to track his online activities.

The media was not made privy to how much information was sold or how much the agent made in Bitcoin. The charge levelled against him attracts seven years in prison and a potential 100,000 Euro fine.

In the course of the investigations, the agency’s internal security services managed to trace ‘the origin of file queries’.

In addition, a report by Le Monde that after the agent’s arrest, the agency in charge of monitoring “irregular immigration,” dismantled the criminal network with which the suspect had been working.

This comes after a presidential hopeful in France called for banning of Bitcoin. Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front and its candidate in the 2017 French presidential election, accused world leaders of seeking to create a world with no cash and positioned bitcoin as an effort fueled by Wall Street power brokers.