posted on Feb, 14 2003 @ 08:40 AM
First, the French have a long history of being contrary.
Second, would you share utmost top secret info with a country you can't trust?
Third, it's possible that the story was cooked up to cover their humiliation:
Us: "Oh, pleeeeze join us, France!"
Them: "No, we du not wish to at this time."
Us: "Well, okay, then; maybe next time."
-- weeks later --
Them: "Excuzemuah, but aren't you going to beg us some more?"
Us: "Go away, we're busy preparing for a war you said you wouldn't join."
Them, running to the media: "We have information that was shared by their intelligence - honest!!!!!"
My indulgence for the day.