Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 6/20/2007 08:01:00 AM

Economic Espionage. By US?

Okay, okay, I know it sometimes sounds like we only talk about the Chinese when we discuss the subject of economic espionage.

So, in the interest of equal time, we have to report on this story about concerns of economic espionage by the United States. The concerned party? The French, of course.

France24 reports that "French security officials are worried that e-mails sent by government officials from a BlackBerry might be picked up by the US National Security Agency because the servers for BlackBerry mail are located in the United States and Britain." The story comes from the French daily, Le Monde.

"The risk of interception is real, it's an economic war," Alain Juilllet, a senior French economic intelligence official, told Le Monde.

The reaction of French government officials? Well, they're largely ignoring the warning and using their BlackBerrys in secret.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Or something like that.
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