Although the BBC won’t tell it’s readers the details about the Macron hacked documents, Zerohedge offers the image above purportedly showing that leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron is involved in a Cayman Islands illegal tax evasion scheme.
It’s not clear that the documents are genuine. They could easily be a smear job on Macron, designed to taint a Le Pen victory, should she win.
The campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says it has been the target of a “massive hacking attack” after a trove of documents was released online.
The campaign said that genuine files were mixed up with fake ones in order to confuse people.
It said that it was clear the hackers wanted to undermine Mr Macron ahead of Sunday’s second round vote.
The centrist will face off against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
The documents were leaked on a file sharing website late on Friday.
The Macron camp condemned the leak minutes before the official campaigning period ended at midnight (22:00 GMT).
Candidates and the media now face restrictions until the polls close on Sunday evening, meaning Mr Macron cannot issue any more statements.
Opinion polls had indicated the former economy minister carried a lead of 20 percentage points or more over Ms Le Pen.
What was released?
About nine gigabytes of data were posted online by an anonymous user.
The details are unclear so far, but Mr Macron’s En Marche movement said internal campaign documents, including emails and financial data, had been taken in an “act of massive, co-ordinated hacking”.
“The leaked files were obtained several weeks ago by hacking personal and professional email accounts of several officials of the movement,” it said in a statement.
The campaign said the documents showed only legitimate campaign activities.
France’s election authorities have warned media outlets against reporting on the contents of the leaked documents because of the restrictions now in place.
Who might be responsible?
That too remains unclear. The Macron camp has not blamed any specific party but said the hack clearly aimed to damage it and undermine French democracy,
It compared it to the leak of Democratic Party emails in last year’s US presidential election that was blamed on Russian hackers.
Wikileaks, which published those emails, posted a link to the Macron documents on Twitter but implied it was not responsible.
Last month security experts from the company Trend Micro said that Russian hackers were targeting Mr Macron’s campaign.
Russia has denied that it is behind attacks aimed at Mr Macron.
If Le Pen wins, the press now has it’s narrative: The Russians got her elected.
Meanwhile, CNBC and a host of other news organizations have reported that Macron has sued Le Pen over what he calls Kremlin smears.
The favorite for the French presidency, Emmanuel Macron, has filed a lawsuit following comments made by his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in which she implied the independent centrist politician owns a secret offshore bank account in the Caribbean.
Macron, who has denied he holds any such account, filed a legal complaint on Thursday which prompted the French prosecutor’s office to formally open an investigation ahead of Sunday’s second round run-off vote. The lawsuit is not against Le Pen but is aimed at anyone spreading the rumors online.
The allegations of a secret offshore bank account appeared to have been spread by right-wing websites and social media with Macron’s supporters pointing out some of the sites had also supported U.S. President Donald Trump throughout the U.S. election.
Macron’s team sought to show exactly how the accusations were spread online in the hours leading up to Wednesday’s televised debate by publishing an exhaustive report of how such websites attempted to damage the French presidential hopeful.