CIA ordered spies to gather information on French 2012 election: WikiLeaks
In this Sunday, May 6, 2012 file picture, socialist party candidate for the presidential election Francois Hollande shows his ballot before voting for the second round in the presidential election in Tulle, central France. A seven-page document made public by WikiLeaks purports to show that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency ordered its spies to gather information on the 2012 French presidential election. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 17, 2017 6:35AM EST
LONDON -- A seven-page document made public by WikiLeaks purports to show that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency ordered its spies to gather information on the 2012 French presidential election.
The document , which WikiLeaks published late Thursday and described as "tasking orders," suggest that American spies wanted an insider's take on the race, including details of party funding, internal rivalries and future attitudes toward the United States.
Although WikiLeaks' publication of a purportedly secret CIA document was striking, the orders seemed to represent standard intelligence-gathering.
French media, which are consumed with the upcoming electoral contest only two months away, gave the publication relatively light attention Friday.
The CIA declined to comment on the release. WikiLeaks did not answer questions about the document's provenance but said in an email that it was authentic.