Energy Giant Guilty of Spying on Greenpeace

Hacking case also snared Floyd Landis
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2011 4:25 AM CST
French Energy Giant Guilty of Spying on Greenpeace
Greenpeace activists hold a demonstration on an EDF drilling platform.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – French electricity giant EDF, the world's biggest operator of nuclear power plants, has been found guilty of spying on Greenpeace and fined $2 million. EDF, a frequent target of Greenpeace campaigns, hired a security agency to hack into the group's computers to gain information about its anti-nuclear activities, the Telegraph reports. Two former EDF executives received three-year prison sentences, and the company, which was state-owned until 2004, was ordered to pay $680,000 to Greenpeace.

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The decision "sends a strong signal to the nuclear industry: No one is above the law," a spokeswoman for Greenpeace France said, telling EDF it was time to come clean about other "dirty tricks." The case against EDF also ensnared disgraced US cyclist Floyd Landis and his coach, the New York Times notes. Investigators discovered that the same man who hacked Greenpeace had also hacked a French anti-doping lab, obtaining documents Landis later used in an attempt to prove his innocence. Landis and his coach, who were tried in absentia, received 12-month suspended sentences. (Read more Floyd Landis stories.)

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