FRANCE

1998

French Spy for Yugoslavia in NATO

Materials arranged chronologically.

Jessel, Stephen. "French Officer 'Spied for Serbs.'" BBC, 2 Nov. 1998. [http:// news.bbc.co.uk]

Maj. Pierre Bunel, a member of the French delegation to the NATO military committee at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, was arrested last week "on charges of spying for the Yugoslav Government." He "is alleged to have handed over details of targets to be hit by NATO aircraft in the event that Serbia did not pull its troops out of ... Kosovo."

Arieff, Irwin "France Says Spy Case Will Not Harm NATO Ties." Reuters, 4 Nov. 1998.

The French government said on 3 November 1998 that "its often troubled ties to NATO would not be harmed by charges that a French army officer working in the alliance's Brussels headquarters had been spying for Yugoslavia. But officials conceded the French military had been shaken by disclosure that Major Pierre Bunel, 46, was in custody in Paris on suspicion of giving Belgrade secret NATO plans for possible air strikes on Serbia to resolve the crisis in Kosovo."

Heneghan, Tom. "Alleged NATO Spy Gave Key Info to Serbs -- Media." Reuters, 4 Nov. 1998.

"Le Monde and Europe 1 radio [on 4 November 1998] quoted a secret report by the DST counter-intelligence agency saying Major Pierre Bunel divulged a 25-page plan for possible NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia.... [The DST report] also said Bunel admitted to meeting [a] Yugoslav agent four times between July and October 1998 and answering questions about the number of NATO aircraft earmarked for strikes, the targets and dates chosen, France's position on the strikes and the possibility of a ground force deployment in Kosovo."

Dickey, Christopher, and Rod Nordland. "A Spy in the Ranks." Newsweek, 16 Nov. 1998. [http://www.newsweek.com]

French Maj. Pierre-Henri Bunel has been charged with spying on NATO for the Serbs. He is accused of having "given Belgrade top-secret information that included the targets for potential airstrikes at the height of the Kosovo crisis" in October 1998.

de Quetteville, Harry. "French Entente with Belgrade May Have Been Too Cordiale." Telegraph (London), 10 Mar. 2000. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

On 9 March 2000, "a spokesman at the French military headquarters denied allegations of a pro-Serb bias which have resurfaced following the claims of a spy in NATO during the Kosovo campaign.... But the doubts which predate the Bunel [French Maj. Pierre-Henri Bunel, who leaked NATO secrets to the Serbs in 1997-1998] case have persisted.... Louise Arbour, former head of the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, made those doubts clear in December 1997 by criticising France's record of arresting Serbs."

BBC. "French Major Jailed as Serb Spy." 12 Dec. 2001. [http://news.bbc.co.uk]

A special military court in Paris has found French Maj.Pierre-Henri Bunel guilty of giving NATO miltary secrets to the Serbs. Bunel was sentenced to 2 years in prison, with an additional 3 years suspended.

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