How French intelligence failure may have led to Paris terror attacks

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According to two separate sources who spoke to FRANCE 24’s Antoine Mariotti, 10 days before the attack in Paris last week, an intelligence report obtained by Paris police indicated six possible terrorists in the country, but the information was never passed on to the DGSI, the French intelligence agency. The note also included that a Syrian national was trafficking in fake Syrian passports.

It is unclear why the note was never passed on to DGSI, but sources told FRANCE 24 that they were “uneasy” about “troubling elements” in the note.

“Perhaps the terrorism unit found that there was no merit to it, or perhaps there was human error involved,” said FRANCE 24’s Markus Karlsson.

Terrorists could have also easily traveled across the borders without alerting authorities under the Schengen Agreement, which allowed passport-free travel, reported CNN.

Turkey has also warned France in two separate occasions that Omar Ismail Mostefai — one of the gunman who blew himself up at the Bataclan — was in the country, but received no reply from France. Mostefai has been on officials’ radar since 2010 and has been labeled as an “S-file”, a known radical, a senior official in Ankara told AFP.

French authorities have also said the terrorists may have communicated via encrypted means or via PlayStation 4, making it difficult for them to decipher the messages.

According to news outlet Israeli Haaretz, French intelligence believed with near certainty that an attack by ISIS would come at the end of the month during the UN Climate Change Conference.

Senior Iraqi intelligence officials have also warned France of possible attacks just a day before Paris came under siege. A warning dispatch was sent about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who had ordered an attack on coalition countries fighting against them in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Russia.

Several assailants were also stopped for questioning before and after the attacks, but were released by French police when they failed to recognize them as suspects.

Revelations about potential intelligence lapses come months after France adopted a new surveillance law that allows the state to eavesdrop on the public to tackle unprecedented terror threats.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Paris police failed to pass on report to DGSI
2. How terrorists could have travelled without alerting police
3. Turkey have warned France on two occasions
4. Terrorists could have encrypted communication means
5. French police failed to recognize suspects

VOICEOVER (in English):
“Sources say 10 days before the attack, an intelligence report indicating six possible terrorists in the country was never passed on to the DGSI, the French intelligence agency.”

“Terrorists could have also easily traveled across the borders without alerting authorities under the Schengen Agreement, which allowed passport-free travel.”

“Turkey has also warned France in two separate occasions that Omar Ismail Mostefai — one of the gunman who blew himself up at the Bataclan — was in the country, but received no reply from France.”

“French authorities have also said the terrorists may have communicated via encrypted means or via PlayStation 4, so they could not decipher the messages.”

“Several assailants were also stopped for questioning before and after the attacks, but were released by French police due to failure to recognize them as suspects.”

SOURCES:
http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/18/europe/paris-terror-attacks-intelligence-failures-robertson/index.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/16/french-and-belgian-intelligence-knew-paris-attackers-had-jihadi-backgrounds
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34853376