Meanwhile, Le Monde said today that [Charles Hernu] probably gave the order to get rid of the Rainbow Warrior. Neither [Francois Mitterrand] nor [Laurent Fabius] was informed of the order, Le Monde said.
Le Monde writer Edwy Plenel said he had discussed Hernu's probable role with Bernard Tricot, the member of the Council of State who was assigned in August by Mitterrand and Fabius to investigate the case.
Plenel, in his article, went further than Tricot in blaming Hernu but, following the practice of most Le Monde disclosures in the affair, used the conditional tense a good deal of the time. Le Monde introduced its account by saying, "All could have happened according to the following scenario."