Renault Claim Secret Police Not to Blame for Espionage

French manufacturer Renault have denied their Sport technical director Jean-Jacques His accused former members of the German secret police - Stasi - of espionage.

Renault Claim Secret Police Not to Blame for Espionage

French manufacturer Renault have denied their Sport technical director Jean-Jacques His accused former members of the German secret police - Stasi - of espionage.

His revealed earlier this month his company, owners of the Benetton team, had lost important engine data which meant their current radical powerplant has not been the success they initially had hoped.

"We had expert investigations and we are certain that it was done by someone from outside," His was reported as saying after the British Grand Prix. "It has been traced back to Germany and, we think, to the people who used to work for the Stasi."

However, Renault on Thursday released a statement denying His' accusations and said the identity of the intruders is still not known.

"Late last summer there were attempts by outside parties to enter the computer system at the Renault Sport headquarters in Viry Chatillion, France," said the statement. "Following that, a security system which had been in place was revised and upgraded.

"In making reference to these incidents during an interview, Jean-Jacques His did not refer to any particular group as responsible and the identity of the intruders remains unknown."

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