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Brazil monitored French spies - report

06 November 2013, 12:15

Sao Paulo - Brazil's Folha de S Paulo newspaper says documents from the country's intelligence agency show it carried out at least three operations to monitor French spies it suspected of involvement in the 2003 explosion at a satellite launch base that killed 21 engineers and technicians.

The newspaper said on Tuesday that Brazil's agency suspected that French agents committed sabotage at the Alcantara Rocket Launch Centre in the northeastern state of Maranhao.

But it says no evidence of sabotage was found and the explosion finally was blamed on poor maintenance and mechanical failures.

It says that a year before the blast, French spies had been tracked near the base, which is a potential rival to a launch site in French Guiana.

The French Embassy said it would not comment on the report.

- AP


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