France Warns Media Not To Publish Hacked Macron Emails, Threatens Criminal Charges

After a massive hack on the campaign of French presidential candidate, the former Golman Sachs banker Emmanuel Macron, 9 gigabytes of Macron-linked documents containing much potentially harmful information about Marcon’s personal finances were released on an anonymous pastebin website on Friday afternoon. In what Macron’s campaign managers describes as a “massive and coordinated” hacking attack, the French government, claiming it wanted to avoid a repeat of what happened with Hillary Clinton after 35,000 emails from a private server were released one month before the US presidential election, immediately prohibited of the files, warning on Saturday it would be a “criminal offense” to republish the data, and warning the French media not to publish content from any of the hacked emails “to prevent the outcome of the vote being influenced.”

This this leak having come only two days before the final votes is due to take place, is probably too late to affect the outcome of the election but the French are know for turning everything into a big drama production. With polls predicting an easy victory for globalist, pro – EU Macron over nationalist rival Marine Le Pen what will really be interesting is what will happen after the election. Macron has come from nowhere, after quitting as a minister in Francoise Hollande’s disastrous socialist government to form his En Marche movement, his campaign has been well funded, with money allegedly coming from George Soros and other globalist billionaires, and from foreign governments, but he has no party base and no core support in the nation and will find it difficult to govern effectively.

On Friday night, as news of the hack, hashtagged @MacronLeaks on Twitter spread, reached the networks, Florian Philippot, deputy leader of the National Front, tweeted “Will Macronleaks teach us something that investigative journalism has deliberately kept silent?” In a tweeted response, Macron spokesman Sylvain Fort called Philippot’s tweet “vile”.

In another parallel to the Clinton leaks, Macron’s En Marche! party said the leaked documents dealt with “the normal operations of a campaign and included some information on campaign accounts.” It said the hackers had mixed false documents with authentic ones to “sow doubt and disinformation.” Needless to say Macron himself, as if desiring to tell voters he is in the New World Order camp, accused ‘The Russians’ of being behind the leak.

The biggest parallel to the Clinton hacking, in the documents seen so far is, if genuine, they confirm prior allegations of illicit financial dealings and offshore accounts. And like the Clinton campaign, instead of clearly denying the information contained therein, Marcon’a people and the political establishment in France simply tried to discredit the messenger. Indeed, as journalist Kim Zetter noted overnight, “Telling journos to not report on hacked emails misses point that nearly all important leaks occur because someone broke laws or a contract” and then followed up with the following rhetorical question, flipping the situation by 180 degrees: “If GRU, intending to assault dem., hacks Trump & publishes emails showing his direct connection to Russia, should journos report on those.

As reported on Friday evening, WikiLeaks tweeted that the leak contained “many tens of thousands” of emails, photos and attachments dated up to April 24, but it noted that it had come “too late” to affect the election results. In a follow up tweet, the controversial whistleblowing organization posted a tweet sharing the location of all #MacronLeaks archives which are “now available as uncensorable magnet links http://archive.is/aULcm

Since there has been no suggestion WikiLeaks is responsible for this hack, speculation about the source of the hack has grown, with Russia once again emerging as the “usual suspect.”

“If indeed driven by Moscow, this leak appears to be a significant escalation over the previous Russian operations aimed at the U.S. presidential election, expanding the approach and scope of effort from simple espionage efforts towards more direct attempts to sway the outcome,” Kremez said.

We expect the Kremlin to deny all allegations shortly.

To cover all bases, others have also accused the “Alt Right” of being responsible for the leak – which is so vague it can only be a diversionary tactic.

The hashtag #MacronLeaks was spread by Jack Posobiec, a pro-Trump activist whose Twitter profile identifies him as Washington D.C. bureau chief of the far-right activist site Rebel TV, according to analysts tracking the election. Contacted by Reuters, Posobiec said he had simply reposted what he saw on the online discussion forum 4chan.

Sunday’s election, whose result is expected in just over 24 hours, is seen as “the most important in France for decades, with two diametrically opposed views of Europe and the country’s place in the world at stake.” Tune in then to find out if Wikileaks is correct, and the #MacronLeaks is nothing more than a tempest in a teapot, unable to chisel away at Macron’s lead over Le Pen which the latest polls calculate to be as much as 25 points although unbiased pundits in France have suggested the final outcome will be a lot closer.

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