The information did not travel beyond the very closed circles of the French Ministry of Defence and NATO. At the end of November, Global Technologies – one of France’s leading companies in the installation of telecom networks in high-risk zones – had its authorisation withdrawn by the French authorities.
This company – managed by Jean-Paul Steinitz and a subcontractor of the French group Thalès – supplied encrypted communication networks to French and NATO troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Sahel. However, its contract – which was under renegotiation with Thalès in October – was not renewed.
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