French intelligence "doctored files" to cover up failings over Islamic jihad murder of priest

French spies doctored files to cover up failings that resulted in jihadists murdering a priest in his church, according to French reports.

Claims that agents post-dated documents to cover their blunders have cast a fresh spotlight on counterterrorism agencies in the wake of over a string of terror attacks that have left 239 people dead in France since 2015.

Red tape and a battle of egos between intelligence managers are costing lives, according to the report published by Mediapart, the investigative news website, which conducted a six-month investigation into the blunders.

On July 26, 2016, Islamists Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Petitjean burst into a church in the small town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy and slit the throat of Jacques Hamel, the 85-year-old priest, in front of four parishioners. Police shot dead the pair as they left the church.

However, it now appears that five days previously an agent at the Paris Police Prefecture Intelligence Unit had come across an encrypted channel on Telegram, a favoured messaging service with terrorists, containing a message from a certain @Jayyed boasting that I haven?t been uncovered?.

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