Tens of thousands of emails from the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron were leaked online late on Friday, less than two days before voters go to the polls to choose the country’s next president in a run-off against far-right rival Marine Le Pen, reports Reuters.
Nearly nine gigabytes of emails and attachments were reportedly uploaded to document-sharing site PasteBin by a user known only as EMLEAKS.
In a statement received by Reuters, the Macron campaign confirmed that the “En Marche! Movement has been the victim of a massive and co-ordinated hack this evening which has given rise to the diffusion on social media of various internal information.”
The Hill notes, “Trend Micro, an antivirus firm, revealed in a report last week the Macron campaign had been targeted by the Russian hacking groups behind the Democratic National Committee leaks, but there is no evidence this is the cause of the leak.”
The latest opinion polls show independent centrist Macron is set to beat far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday.
Le Pen, who has criticized the European Union and vowed to pull France out of NATO, has been praised by President Trump, who told The AP in April she was “strongest on borders, and she’s the strongest on what’s been going on in France.”
Former US President Barack Obama waded into the French presidential election on Thursday to endorse Emmanuel Macron.
“I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run,” Obama says in a video. “He has stood up for liberal values, he put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world. And he is committed to a better future for the French people. He appeals to people’s hopes and not their fears.”
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 4, 2017
“I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run for office again, but the French election is very important to the future of France and to the values that we care so much about,” Obama says in the clip.
“Because of how important this election is, I also want you to know that I am supporting Emmanuel Macron to lead you forward.”
Macron and Le Pen traded insults in a heated live TV presidential debate on Wednesday evening.
Macron brands Le Pen a liar and ‘parasite’, while Le Pen says he’s beholden to ‘unbridled globalisation’