French election: Publishing Macron emails could be a crime, says electoral commission

Posted by DanielS on Saturday, 06 May 2017 14:04.

The man who Goldman-Sachs calls “a work in progress” is a liberal disaster waiting to happen.

Express, “French election: Publishing Macron emails could be a crime, says electoral commission”, 6 May 2017:

ANYONE publishing the campaign emails from Emmanuel Macron’s team that were leaked ahead of the presidential vote could be committing a crime, the French electoral commission has said.

Insiders from Mr Macron’s En Marche! team claimed that they had been the victim of a “massive” hack that had dumped emails, documents and financial information online in the final few hours of campaigning on Friday ahead of the second and final round of voting in the presidential contest.

The leak emerged as polls predicted Emmanuel Macron, a former Rothschild investment banker and economy minister, was on course for victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s election, with the last surveys showing his lead widening to around 62 per cent to 38.


The French election commission said in a statement: “On the eve of the most important election for our institutions, the commission calls on everyone present on internet sites and social networks, primarily the media, but also all citizens, to show responsibility and not to pass on this content, so as not to distort the sincerity of the ballot.”

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are in the race to be the next French president

However, the commission - which supervises the electoral process - may find it difficult to enforce its rules in an era where people get much of their news online, information flows freely across borders and many users are anonymous.

French media covered the hack in various ways, with left-leading Liberation giving it prominence on its website, but television news channels opting not to mention it.

Le Monde newspaper said on its website it would not publish the content of any of the leaked documents before the election, partly because the huge amount of data meant there was not enough time to report on it properly, but also because the dossiers had been published on purpose 48 hours before the election with the clear aim of affecting the vote.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible, but Macron’s political movement said in a statement the hack was an attempt to destabilise democracy and to damage the party.

As much as 9 gigabytes of data purporting to be documents from the Macron campaign were posted on a profile called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a site that allows anonymous document sharing.

En Marche! said the leaked documents dealt with the normal operations of a campaign and included some information on campaign accounts.

It said in a statement: ”If these documents contain revelations, Le Monde will of course publish them after having investigated them, respecting our journalistic and ethical rules, and without allowing ourselves to be exploited by the publishing calendar of anonymous actors.”

It said the hackers had mixed false documents with authentic ones to “sow doubt and disinformation.”

Sunday’s election 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.

Ethno-nationalist enthusiasm is mitigated by implications of her being coerced by Jewish interests and compromised by the Russian Federation.

Le Pen would close borders and quit the euro currency, while Macron wants closer European co-operation and an open economy.

In France, police union Alternative Police warned in a statement that there was a risk of violence on election day by activists of the far-right or far-left.

Extreme-right student activists burst into the office of Macron’s political movement in the southeastern city of Lyon on Friday evening, setting off smoke grenades and scattering false bank notes bearing Macron’s picture, police said.

France is the latest nation to see a major election overshadowed by allegations of manipulation through cyber hacking after U.S. intelligence agencies said in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hacking of parties tied to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to influence the election on behalf of Republican Donald Trump.

Vitali Kremez, director of research with New York-based cyber intelligence firm Flashpoint, told Reuters his review indicated that APT 28, a group tied to the GRU, the Russian military intelligence directorate, was behind the leak.

Macron’s campaign has previously complained about attempts to hack its emails, blaming Russian interests in part for the cyber attacks.

The Kremlin has denied it was behind any such attacks, although Macron’s camp renewed complaints against Russian media and a hackers’ group operating in Ukraine



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Posted by Guessedworker on Sun, 07 May 2017 06:47 | #

The email dump appears at this time to be genuine, although we can expect an awful lot more information on that - and disinformation from the Establishment as they seek to protect their man.  The emails themselves are reported to date up to 24th April; so they could have been released must faster, and certainly early enough to have a chance of affecting today’s vote.  They weren’t.  At the very least, someone is trying to make sure that Macron as President will be damaged goods from Day One; and may not survive at all.

Given that the background is a very clear contest informed by the electoral events in Britain and the USA, and described by Breitbart in some blurb today as:

a question of globalisation and multiculturalism or sovereignty and anti-mass migration

... who has an interest in attacking globalism (ie, by smearing a newly elected “President” Macron) but not multiculturalism (ie, by helping Le Pen today)?  Is the real target the June Assembly elections?  At the moment it is difficult to know what to make of it.


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Posted by Kumiko Oumae on Sun, 07 May 2017 07:36 | #

From what I know, Russia made several attempts, all of which required exploits against CVEs that the Macron camp has already protected themselves against and so it can be said with certainty that it was actually not Russia.

I would say that this time it was the United States under the direction of the Trump White House, or alternately, Israel. The #MacronLeaks Twitter campaign was initiated from Jack Posobiec, who is from The Rebel Media, and has served as part of ‘Citizens for Trump’. It then was carried by William Craddick, and after that, Front National Twitter accounts seized on it and propelled it forward.


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Posted by Guessedworker on Sun, 07 May 2017 08:52 | #

Well, as it was posted on 4 chan the likelihood of an Alt-Right pick-up was always high, so Posobiec may or may not be party to the initiation.  Israel is still officially anti-FN.  Something like 12% of French Jews vote FN.  The Trump White House would hardly be likely to have a different take to Israel on the French election, and anyway the timing of the leak comes into play Trump-wise.  Why delay it til too late to help Marine Le Pen, if the hack was motivated by sympathies for her?

Nothing much adds up yet.  Could it be an inside job by someone with anti-globalist but anti-FN sympathies?  Plenty of them around.


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Posted by Kumiko Oumae on Sun, 07 May 2017 11:03 | #

That’s exactly what I’m saying. The attempt was not done to help FN. Rather, the attempt was designed to wait until it was too late to make a real difference to the election, but enough to make Macron subject to questions about the leaks which would accompany his win in the news cycle. This would inhibit his ability to function as an effective internationalist.

The Trump White House and Israel fit that profile exactly. They are anti-internationalist, in the sense that anything which furthers the move toward a multipolar world is going to be opposed by them. But at the same time, they wouldn’t want Marine Le Pen to actually win the election, since while Le Pen would be anti-internationalist, she’d also be a lot of other things that they do not want.

They’d rather have an inhibited Macron presidency than a Le Pen win. It’s not an ideal situation for them, since neither Macron nor Le Pen are what they really wanted. They’d have preferred to have just had Fillon, since Fillon satisfied them in every way.

Of course, it may turn out that Macron will end up emerging uninhibited despite the leaks anyway, and their attempt may have been all for nothing.



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