Tuesday 24 October 2017

Macron campaign emails appear to have leaked online

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron Picture: Reuters
French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron Picture: Reuters
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A large trove of emails purporting to be from the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was posted online late on Friday, just over a day before voters go to the polls to choose the country's next president in a run-off with Marine Le Pen.

Some nine gigabytes of data were posted by a user called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a document-sharing site that allows anonymous posting.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for posting the data or whether the emails were genuine, Reuters reports.

The Macron campaign says the seriousness of the event is certain: "We won't tolerate the undermining of democracy's vital interests".

The French Interior Ministry spokesman said he will not comment on the reported hacking of Macron's campaign emails because the campaign period is at an end.

Reuters

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