French police have raided the offices of two publications in the search for information about how th
PICTURE BY TDWSPORT.COM French police searched the offices of French sports daily L’Equipe and the news weekly Le Point on Thursday in connection with the ongoing investigation into doping that implicated members of the Cofidis team last year. The police were investigating the leaking of information concerning the case to the two publications. The staff at L’Equipe have refused to reveal whether any equipment has been taken away by police working under the command of the investigating magistrate in Nanterre, from where, it seems, several leaks have taken place. Le Point did reveal that two computers had been taken from their Paris offices, and that two journalists who have written stories about the Nanterre investigation have been asked to report to answer questions about the case. The Nanterre investigation has involved a number of riders, including David Millar, Philippe Gaumont and Cdric Vasseur. The investigation against Vasseur was dropped after it was revealed that signatures on statements allegedly made by the rider had in fact been forged. Testing on hair samples provided by Vasseur was also discredited when it was admitted that some of the hair tested was not the Frenchman’s. Police are now trying to determine whether investigators on the case have acted illegally by leaking witness statements and other details to L’Equipe and Le Point. The Cofidis team took legal action against L’Equipe last year after the paper published several pages of these transcripts in April. A French court subsequently ruled that L’Equipe was not bound to respect the confidential nature of the testimony. “Revealing our sources is absolutely impossible, because if a journalist starts revealing his sources, he is no longer worthy of performing the job,” Le Point chairman Franz-Olivier Giesbert told AFP. “All we have done is our job of informing the public, and we’ll continue to do it. All this does not discourage us.” In January last year, Le Point published a full transcript of telephone conversations made as part of the investigation into doping.