Wikileaks releases about 21000 emails from French president's campaign

Elias Hubbard
Августа 1, 2017

The French electoral commission immediately prohibited the French media from publishing the contents of the leak.

The mystery of who was behind the initial leak of the Macron campaign emails remains unresolved.

In a statement WikiLeaks claimed it had verified the emails through its Domain Keys Identified Mail system from almost 72,000 messages initially leaked in May, just two days before the runoff vote in the French presidential election.

As a reminder, in the days before the May 7 French presidential election, Macron's campaign confirmed it was hit with a "massive, coordinated" hack which released 9 gigabytes of personal documents.

Wikileaks created turmoil in the U.S. Presidential election past year by leaking emails stolen from Hillary Clinton's campaign Chair, John Podesta, and is regarded by many as a propaganda outlet for the Russian government.

But in early June, following the results of a French government investigation, Guillaume Poupard, the head of Anssi, France's official cyber security agency, told the Associated Press that the earlier Macron hack was likely the result of "an isolated individual".

In total, the leak included 71,848 emails, 26,506 attachments and details of 4,493 unique senders, the report said. Wikileaks only authenticated 21,075 emails marked with a green "DKM verified" signature for exchanges in which its DKIM anti-spam mechanism determined they were directly related to Macron's campaign.

The whistle-blowing organisation claims the batch of 21 075 e-mails, dating from March 2009 to April 2017, are uniquely verified through its DKIM system.

The Macron emails were initially published in May, just two days before the French people voted in the presidential election. The views expressed in these articles are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Mint Press News editorial policy. They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News.

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