French civil servant suspected of spying for North Korea

November 28, 2018 | Brainwave Science

French civil servant suspected of spying for North Korea: Brainwave Science


French Intelligence agencies DGSI have arrested a senior civil servant on suspicion of spying for North Korea.

Benoit Quennedey, a senior civil servant, working for the Senate’s department of architecture, heritage and gardens was arrested by DGSI officials for sharing confidential internal information with the foreign national. Quennedey is also president of the Franco-Korean Friendship Association (AAFC), which promotes closer ties with North Korea and has written books on the isolated nation.

France’s domestic intelligence agency DGSI is leading the investigation and an inquiry regarding espionage started in March this year. According to the South Korean press, he was being monitored by Seoul’s National Intelligence Service due to his North Korea-related activities since 2014.

According to the French news Le Quotidien, which first reported the arrested of the Senate, said Quennedey was arrested at his home and police had searched the Senate office, Paris home and the home of his parents, near Dijon in the Burgundy region, France. As the president of AAFC, he has travelled several times to Pyongyang, North Korea since 2005. According to AAFC website, as part of those trips, he met Korean officials and academics.

Quennedey is now being questioned by France’s General Directorate for Internal Security to establish whether he did provide confidential information to North Korea and what specific information was shared.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) also known as North Korea is a highly centralized totalitarian state. The country has been an international pariah for decades over its refusal to give up its nuclear weapons programme. Despite being considered as the poorest countries in the world, it maintains one of the largest militaries and devotes significant resources to gain confidential intelligence about other countries.

Several events of espionage like Netherland accused Russia and others cases have emerged, demonstrating that the irrespective of the peace talks, countries have opted for distinctive styles of illegally obtaining confidential intelligence and law enforcement agencies aren’t equipped with right investigative tools to extract accurate intelligence from arrested spies to eliminate the threat.

Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted, “There is no knowledge that is not  power.” When countries are battling to grow into a superpower, an Illegal method of getting confidential intelligence becomes imperative.

Mr Quennedey is not the first foreigner to be arrested in recent years for suspect links to North Korea. Last December a man was arrested in Sydney, Australia for allegedly acting as an economic agent for the repressive regime.  It has become a major challenge for national security forces around the globe to recognize this national security threat, verify whether or not a suspected person is guilty and identify what information was shared before it’s too late.


Quennedey espionage case is still ongoing as he is being interrogated by France’s General Directorate for Internal Security to establish whether he is innocent, or he deliberately provided classified information to North Korea and most importantly what information was shared. The existing conventional approaches cannot provide this knowledge. As it is mandatory for National Security personnel to identify all the spies in order to eliminate this reoccurring threat.  Only one technology exists that is the most suitable tool to answer the call for such an immense National Security challenge and determine what information the suspect possesses. The technology is called iCognative, developed and designed by a reputed company Brainwave Science. This technology distinguishes between the perpetrator and innocent and provides accurate intelligence to National Security personnel to investigate this case in right direction.


iCognative can be a game-changing approach for National Security agencies, especially when illegal intelligence-gathering has become a constant threat. This technology recognizes the vital difference between the spy and an innocent through the recognition of a specific crime-related information stored in their brain. The confidential information unearthed during the investigation or provided by other foreign intelligence agencies would only be present in the spy’s brain. iCognative guarantees a high success rate and results as it gathers accurate intelligence directly from Quennedey’s brain about his involvement in the espionage and determines what classified information was shared, how he stole it, whom they passed it over and what he got in return.  The iCognative is the only technology that can tap into the brain of Quennedey’s and reveal the truth.

A 45-minutes iCognative test when utilized by France’s General Directorate for Internal Security would reveal Quennedey’s connection to North Korea, determine whether he shared the sensitive information or he is being framed with over 99% accuracy. All the investigation details related to this case such as motive behind his visit to North Korea, what precise information he shared, how he obtained that information, relationship with the North Korean official, his local contacts, financial details, etc., along with other confidential details collected during the investigation (called Stimuli) is uploaded into iCognative system protocol. The iCognative system records and analyzes the brain responses of the Quennedey to determine whether the specific crime-related information under question is present in his brain or not.

Brainwave Science’s iCognative is a cost-effective and trusted technique applicable in multiple criminal situations, especially in National Security cases. iCognative is the only technology that guarantees positive results in this complex case and reveals what information was shared, identification of existing espionage agents and provides security agencies enough time to rectify the shared information before it’s too late.

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