Amedy Coulibaly, terroristen som drepte jødiske shoppere i Hypercacher i Paris 9. januar, fikk instruksjoner fra en ukjent person på epost, dagen før angrepet.


Franske myndigheter ber amerikanske om assistanse til å finne ut hvem personen er. Han ga Coulibaly beskjed om å bruke en ny epostadresse som tilhører en leverandør med base i Pennsylvania.

Begge parter brukt draft-muligheten og slettet utkastene etter som de ble lest, en velkjent metode for ikke å kommunisere over nettet. Utkastene forlater ikke kontoen. Franske myndigheter oppdaget eposten 29. januar, og ba i juni amerikanerne om hjelp. Hvorfor tok det så lang tid?

“If possible find and work with good dudes,” the person tells Coulibaly in a message delivered on January 8.

“No friends possible, work alone, preference for the first thing planned.

“Go to the easiest and most secure and biggest number to start again several times,” the person says, pointing to the possibility of acting in “suburbs if problem in center.”

The emailer then provides Coulibaly with the steps to take to use a new email address created just hours before, that belongs to a messaging service managed by a company based in Pennsylvania in the United States, said the source close to the case, who refused to be named.

French investigators notified US authorities on January 29, and in June asked them to give them any information they have on the account.

The email exchanges were discovered on Coulibaly’s laptop on January 9 at Hyper Cacher, the Jewish supermarket where he was gunned down by security forces after an hours-long standoff.

The gunman and the mystery messager both had the access codes for the same mailbox, which meant they never sent emails but put them in the drafts section for the other person to check, before deleting them.

Coulibaly var for øvrig i Spania noen uker før han slo til.


De fire Coulibaly drepte: Yoav Hattab, Yohan Cohen, Francois-Michel Saada, Philippe Braham