This could be the script for an episode of the

Bureau of Legends

or the plot of a book by John le Carré.

But, according to the former director of the foreign intelligence service (DGSE), this is indeed reality.

According to Bernard Bajolet, testifying in a report broadcast Sunday evening on the

France 5


, a "mole" in the service of Russia officiated in the cabinet of the French Ministry of Defense.

Asked about information reporting a spy in the service of Russia working for the office of the then minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, now Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bernard Bajolet said in this documentary dedicated to Russian President Vladimir Putin: “Indeed, when I was director general of external security, I brought it up” to the executive.

"Let's not hide our face"

"In previous years we said 'all that is over, after the Cold War, we no longer have to waste our time against spies who no longer exist (...) the priority is terrorism cases', but for all that, we can clearly see that the espionage activities had not ceased at all, and that the means used by the Russians, the Chinese, but also others, the Americans, do not hide our face. 'have never been so important'.

This information was relayed at the time by the French online media


, according to which a spy of the GRU, the Russian military intelligence service, had recruited a "mole" within the cabinet of Jean-Yves Le Drian when he was Minister of Defense under the presidency of François Hollande.


In the United States, the army engineer was selling nuclear secrets hidden in sandwiches


Bernard Squarcini, former head of internal intelligence, indicted for the surveillance of François Ruffin

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