EDF (Extremely Dodgy Firm)
“France's state energy firm EDF has been fined €1.5m by a Paris court for spying on Greenpeace. Its head of nuclear production security in 2006, Pascal Durieux, was given a three-year sentence with two years suspended, and a €10,000 fine for commissioning the spying. The Nanterre court also sentenced the security No 2 in 2006, Pierre-Paul François, to three years, 30 months suspended.
EDF has also been ordered to pay €500,000 in damages to Greenpeace.
The judge further handed down a guilty verdict on Thierry Lorho, head of Kargus, a firm employed by EDF to hack into Greenpeace's computers. He got three years in jail, two suspended, and a €4,000 fine.
EDF is the world's biggest nuclear energy supplier; it owns the UK nuclear power operator, British Energy, and is a major sponsor of the London Olympics. It was charged with complicity in concealing stolen documents and complicity to intrude on a computer network.” Guardian 10/11/11
Those of us with a cynical disposition will wonder at the lack of comment at this disreputable activity by a company who are earmarked to build a new set of nuclear reactors in the UK. There will be those who wonder too, why the behaviour of News International makes the headlines and this bunch of criminals does not. It cannot be dismissed as the ‘one rogue operative’ line so successfully parroted by News Corp for so long, until thanks to the Guardian, the wheels whizzed off. (Today we were told that 28 reporters at the Screws utilised the services of Glenn Mulcaire.)
How high up did it go in News International?
How high up did it go in EDF? Remember, this is a state energy firm, so one would expect the state to be more ethical.........or maybe not! Just remembered Rainbow Warrior sunk by French secret Agents in New Zealand.
Should colossal public money be going anywhere near such a bunch of crooks?