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(en)infiltrator A Seed, Earth First!, ENAAT

From "buro Jansen & Janssen" <respub@xs4all.nl>
Date Thu, 2 Jul 1998 13:06:03 +0000


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                           WARNING!


Amsterdam, july 1st, 1998.


Dear friends,

It has been brought to our attention through various sources
that  Adrian Franks of Eco- Action France is an infiltrator
selling information on activist  groups to corporate clients.

Adrian Franks has made himself known to various organisations
and  movements in Europe as one of the central members of a
small direct-action group,  Eco-Action, (also known as Earth
First! France) which has its base in Equihen-Plage.  Adrian
Franks has presented himself as an activist focussed on the
oil and arms  industries and animal liberation. In this guise,
he has attempted to weave himself into the  European movement
active on these issues. He has become involved in ENAAT (the
European  Network Against the Arms Trade), A-SEED Europe,
Earth First! and People's  Global Action. In some cases, he
has claimed to be working very closely with  organisations and
networks (such as Corporate Watch UK), but is almost unknown
to these  organisations/movements. 

To his corporate clients, Adrian acts under the surnames Mayer
and  Lechene. His intelligence agency, Risk Crisis Analysis,
is registered in both  France and the UK under Adrian Lechene.
According to sources, he has created a corporate- oriented
information- market on the activities of European activists.
He has sought to  convince corporate clients of the necessity
of his services by way of dangerous exaggeration and  misre-
presentation of the aims and action-philosophies of move-
ments/organisations he has  infiltrated. He has apparently
presented these networks as violent, 'extremist  opposition'
which plan to harm the families of corporate executives. While
all of our  movements/organisations Adrian Franks/Mayer/Leche-
ne has infiltrated are very clear in our commitment  to impede
if not stop the activities of certain corporations, we are all
committed to  non-violence. Mr Franks/Mayer/Lechene's portray-
al is therefore not only a lie, but  exposes our movements to
possibly more aggressive, violent strategies by corporations
to  counter our activities.

We are aware that such a denunciation has very serious impli-
cations  for the person accused. We have been very careful not
to accuse without  substantiation, and to act upon information
rather than speculation. We have confronted Adrian  Franks/Ma-
yer/Lechene with the information we have about his activities.
He was unable to  refute the evidence we found against him.
Further, we have contacted the companies he has  approached
(as well as those we suspect he has approached) to make clear
that while we  oppose and will continue to oppose their ecolo-
gically and socially destructive  activities- we are non-
violent. We have also made clear to them that they will no
longer  receive valuable information from him. In so doing, we
hope to break the working  relations between Mr. Franks/May-
er/Lechene's and these companies.

We strongly recommend you and your organisation, to cut all
ties with  Adrian Franks/Mayer/Lechene. Take him off mailing
lists (95, rue de la  Marine, 62 224 Equihen-Plage, France,
email: <eco-action.ef.mala@wanadoo.fr>) and  prohibit his
participation in gatherings. We ask you to forward this war-
ning to  any groups or individuals within your networks so
that they do not unwittingly  encourage his involvement in
their activities. We would be interested to know any  further
information others might have on his activities within the
environmental and  social justice movements.


AMOK
A SEED Europe office
Corporate Watch UK
Jansen & Janssen
Oilwatch Europe


For further information, contact:

Janssen and Janssen <respub@xs4all.nl>, 
AMOK <amokmar@antenna.nl>, or 
A SEED Europe <aseedeur@antenna.nl>.




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