- PARIS (AFP) - 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 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 computers.
- 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'
- 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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