Growing evidence that Russia is linked to 'Macron Leaks'

By and Anastasia Kirilenko

The head of France's cyber security agency says that the hack behind the massive leak of emails from Emmanuel Macron's campaign team on the eve of his election as president on May 7th was of such “simplicity” that it could have been carried out by “anyone”. It is therefore impossible, says Guillaume Poupard, to say whether Russian hacking groups with ties to the government in Moscow were implicated. However, as Agathe Duparc and Anastasia Kirilenko report, investigations by two independent websites in Moscow do indeed point to Russian involvement.

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When the news broke the mainstream Russian media were delighted. On June 1st in interviews with first Associated Press then Russia Today, the director of the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI), Guillaume Poupard, declared that there was no formal sign of Russian hackers being behind the so-called 'Macron Leaks'. This is the name given to the huge numbers of emails from Emmanuel Macron's campaign team that were leaked on the eve of his election as president of France on May 7th.