Earlier today, a treasure trove of leaked emails and documents pertaining to centrist French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron was released on the internet.
“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,” stated Macron’s political party En Marche! in a press release.
At this time it remains unclear who was responsible for the hack and what exact documents have been released. Wikileaks has begun publicizing the leaks on Twitter; however, it appears the leak originated from a different source. The nine gigabytes of files were uploaded to Pastebin by an anonymous user named “EMLEAKS,” and later featured on 4chan’s infamous /pol/ imageboard. Currently, the treasure trove of files are being reviewed for documents relevant to the public interest.
The massive leak follows recent accusations and earlier leaked documents suggesting that Macron was implicated in money laundering in the Cayman Islands. A review of financial disclosure forms linked to Macron led an experienced tax auditor to suspect improprieties related to Macron’s financial dealings.
Despite the uncertainties raised by the leaks, it appears unlikely they could have a substantial impact on the looming French Presidential election. The race between Macron and the Front National’s Marine Le Pen, undergoes the second and final round of voting on May 7th. If anything, evidence of misconduct found within the leaks could cause a crisis of credibility for Macron, should be prove victorious in the final round.