All rather murky, and as I noted in my Le Monde piece, leaks from juges d'instruction in violation of the secrecy of the investigation have become a way of life in France. Les petits juges may believe that these unauthorized methods are necessary in affairs of state, but they leave a bad taste nonetheless.
Meanwhile, Le Monde now has evidence that its reporters' phones were tapped by state agents in the Bettencourt case.
And to top it all off, Mediapart has alleged that its editor and one of its reporters received death threats in the Takkiedine affair. The threats ostensibly came from the cell phone of one Pierre Sellier, alleged former DGSE agent and now head of a PR firm called Salamandre. Here is a sample:
Plenel le moustachu et Arfi le barbu, si je vous prends désormais à encore essayer d'enculer le juge Trevidic (il s'agit du magistrat chargé de l'enquête sur l'attentat de Karachi-NDLR), je vais vraiment me facher, Cela est une MENACE DE VERITE pour protéger le juge, Dénoncez moi au juge, SVP
It does strike me as rather odd that an alleged former secret agent would be so inept as to send such a crude threat from his own phone, but who knows? Of course, we know from the Murdoch affair in England how easy it is to spoof someone's caller ID, so the threats could have come from anyone. Perhaps we will some day find out from whom, but more likely, I suspect, we won't. In the meantime, everyone will be accusing everyone else of coups tordus, and thus we will know that campaign season has arrived in earnest.