Just a few days out from the French national election the emails of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign, the En Marche! Movement, have been hacked and released to the public.
The latest event in a controversial campaign, which has been narrowed down to Macron or National Front candidate Marine Le Pen, may prove critical in the country’s final decision.
As much as nine gigabytes of data have been leaked online by a profile called EMLEAKS, using a site called Pastebin, which allows for anonymous document sharing.
The En Marche! Movement is claiming that some of the documents that are showing up on social media are “false documents” which have been mixed in with authentic ones to make them believable.
“The En Marche! Movement has been the victim of a massive and co-ordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information”, the movement said in a statement.
Wikileaks have responded to the En Marche! Movement’s claims, casting doubt on the claim that there are faked emails.
“We have not yet discovered fakes in #MacronLeaks & we are very skeptical that the Macron campaign is faster than us” said Wikileaks in a Facebook post.
The French Interior Ministry is refusing to comment, as it is now within a ‘blackout’ deadline, which prohibits it from releasing information or statements that may affect the election.
Picture Courtesy: Emmanuel Macron’s Facebook Page.
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