The United States’ presidential election of 2016 was absolutely one of the most bizarre in the history of international politics…until now, perhaps.
In France, just a few dozen hours before the inventors of modern democracy head to the polls to decide their own President, the race has been rocked by a massive leak containing information from candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign.
Macron’s campaign, which is currently leading France-First candidate Marine Le Pen’s effort by a healthy margin, was forced Friday to admit that the leak was, at least partially, valid.
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“His campaign claims that the hackers who stole the documents want to damage Macron’s chances less than two days before the second round of the election, according to a report from Reuters.“‘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 campaign said in a statement.”
The document dump was over 9 gigabytes of information, and is currently being sorted by online activists, while sites such as Wikileaks believe that the leak will barely, if at all, effect Macron’s chances of beating Le Pen.
Marine Le Pen, France’s conservative choice, may have some hope left still. Similar leaks of information were experienced by the politically-savvy Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 American presidential election. The information from within those leaks went on to help American voters paint a more complete picture of the candidate, who turned out to be far better suited for life in a jail cell than a single day in the Oval Office.
Should these activists find enough damning information contained within these pages, truly anything is possible.