WikiLeaks Publishes Searchable Archive of Macron Campaign Emails
PARIS (Reuters) – On Monday WikiLeaks had posted a search file on what he said more than 21,000 verified email associated with key figures of the French President’s election campaign Emmanuel Macron.
The stolen data has been deposited on the Internet in May, on the eve of the match between Macron and far-right opponent Marine Le Pen.
A few hours after the escape, the Macron staff said it had been targeted by a “massive and coordinated” piracy operation.
His Republican Party on the Move (LREM) said on Monday that emails published by Wikileaks appeared to be the same as those described May 5 and warned that fake documents were mixed with authentic documents.
“Republic in motion demands vigilance over these publications,” he said in a statement. “Under the novelty appearance, WikiLeaks did with control of the détriburation operation of May.”
The transfer of the document came too late in the campaign to have a direct influence on the elections, in part because the election commission has warned that it was a crime to publish the details of emails before the vote.
French newspapers have reviewed the documents have already said that they had nothing scandalous to report. By transforming the container into a database, WikiLeaks documents have made it readily available to any Internet user.
The trick has been compared to the US election campaign of 2016, during which US intelligence claimed that Russia had hampered Donald Trump’s benefit. Russia denies.
The team also accused Macron of Russian interests in part, previous attempts to interfere with his campaign. The Kremlin denied that it was such actions.
WikiLeaks said it released the leaks now, after verifying the authenticity of e-mail addresses. He did not say how e-mails were obtained, but quoted a comment from a government responsible for cyber security that the data dump appeared to be the work of an “isolated individual,” apparently trying to minimize the theory that a foreign state was involved.
French police and intelligence officials have accused none of the campaign’s attacks.
WikiLeaks said it found 21,075 emails scanned in an e-mail archive and 71,848 26,506 attachments, which they also posted. They date from March 2009 and April 2017, the month of the first round of elections in France.
Macron was an investment banker in 2009 and joined the government of President Francois Hollande in 2012. He announced his attempt to become president in November 2016.
(Reporting by Richard Lough in Paris and Eric Auchard in Frankfurt, additional report Ingrid Melander, Edited by Alison Williams and Robin Pomeroy)