Politico: Macron confirms ‘massive’ hack just ahead of election
The release of email trove stirs up French campaign hours before polls open.
PARIS — French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron tried to build a hack-proof campaign with a detailed plan for preventing a breach.
It didn’t work.
His campaign confirmed late Friday that it was the victim of a “massive and coordinated” cyberattack hours after a large trove of emails purportedly from his political party appeared online.
The news of the hack — which supporters of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen as well as people associated with the alt-right movement in the U.S. pushed on social media under the #macronleaks hashtag — added a surprise twist to the closing moments of a divisive race.
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WNU Editor: I find the timing on the release of these hacked emails curious .... 4 minutes before the French ban on all reporting on the Presidential election. I have also read some of these leaked documents (living in the french province of Quebec, Canada, has taught me to speak french) .... and from what I have read .... even if a portion of it is true, it is very damaging to Emmanuel Macron. Wikileaks believe the content is real and valid .... and they are right to point out that the Macron campaign team has been too quick to claim that the content that has been leaked is fake .... We have not yet discovered fakes in #MacronLeaks & we are very skeptical that the Macron campaign is faster than us (Wikileaks). But will this have an impact on the election .... because of the media ban in France .... my bet is that it will not. And while French social media is alive and well in covering this story .... it is too late in the campaign to have an impact. The big impact will be after the vote .... and if Emmanuel Macron wins the election. He has some explaining to do .... and like I said .... even if a small portion of this leak is true, he has exposed himself to charges of corruption and deliberately misleading officials and .... more importantly .... misleading the French electorate.
Update: This is convenient for Macron .... Le Monde says it will not say anything about the leaked documents until after the election .... Largest French Newspaper Explains Why It Won't Cover The Macron Leaks (Zero Hedge).