People mourn outside "Le Carillon" restaurant a week after a series of deadly attacks in the French capital Paris, France, November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
VICE News: France knows who masterminded the Paris attacks — but won't say who it was
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, long considered the mastermind behind the November 13 attacks that killed 130 in Paris, merely coordinated rather than masterminded the rampage, according to France's head of external security.
Speaking to a closed-door parliamentary inquiry on May 24, Bernard Bajolet said that security services were aware of who had ordered the attacks, but that they would "stay discreet on that point." So discreet, in fact, that it is unclear whether the suspected mastermind is even alive.
"We now have a good knowledge of the organizational chart and of the way in which the so-called Islamic State — which is not a state, and is even less Islamic — is organized," Bajolet told the commission. "We have made progress in these areas, we therefore have an idea of the identity of the commander."
Bajolet's testimony to the commission in charge of the inquiry was made public Tuesday.
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WNU Editor: This story was posted two days before the Nice attack and before this story was posted .... On The Day Of The Nice Attack More Revelations Are Posted On What Actually Happened To The Victims At The Bataclan Massacre In Paris (July 15, 2016). You have to wonder what else is being kept secret from the French public .... and why.