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Suspect held over espionage against Alinghi

Suspect held over espionage against Alinghi
Suspect held over espionage against Alinghi

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By Matt Scott
The Guardian
13 May 2009

A suspect has been arrested in the south of France for allegedly 
conducting industrial espionage against the America's Cup holders, 

The Swiss-backed team felt that their jealously guarded secrets in 
sailing's equivalent of formula one were under threat. Police sources in 
the south of France confirmed that a team of officers had travelled down 
from Paris to conduct a surveillance operation around the Alinghi base.

It is understood that at least one individual was arrested in the French 
town of Villeneuve. The suspect is believed to be under interrogation by 
specialist officers in Paris but the operation is so secret that police 
sources refused to provide any details, instead referring inquiries to 
the central information office of the French legal system.

Intriguingly, a 3D model of the "Alinghi vehicle assembly building =E2=80=93 
interpolated from spy photos" appeared on the YouTube website a 
fortnight ago. It is not known if the two incidents are linked.

Alinghi, who are run by the billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli, will hope 
that the suspect was not connected with BMW Oracle, the challenger of 
record in the forthcoming America's Cup series, which is scheduled to 
take place next year.


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