WikiLeaks Brings New Attention to President's Campaign Emails

But no new 'bombshells' so far in Macron campaign emails posted on site
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 31, 2017 10:27 AM CDT
WikiLeaks Brings New Attention to President's Campaign Emails
Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie Michaelle Jean, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday.   (Michel Euler)

Roughly 20,000 emails allegedly stolen from French President Emmanuel Macron's campaign have been digitally verified and published to WikiLeaks, the group said Monday. The emails caused a stir when they were initially published just two days before France's May 7 presidential runoff. But unlike the leaks that rattled the 2016 American presidential race, the French email leak had little if any impact, and Macron still handily beat Marine Le Pen. The messages have since been picked over by the French press, although WikiLeaks' move may draw new attention to them, reports the AP. The Washington Post notes that no "bombshells" have yet surfaced from the WikiLeaks' dump of emails, which were sent between 2009 and April 24, 2017, and touch on such rousing topics as travel schedules.

But the Post sees the release as shining a spotlight on the persistent issue of campaigns' security failures. The mystery of who was behind the initial leak of the Macron campaign emails remains unresolved. The head of France's cybersecurity agency ANSSI said in June there was no evidence tying the hacking of the Macron campaign emails to any particular actor, saying it "really could be anyone." WikiLeaks says it verified its batch of emails using DomainKeys Identified Mail—or DKIM—signatures, a cryptographic protocol that acts like a digital shipping manifest and has become an increasingly popular way for researchers and tech-savvy journalists to prove that emails are authentic. (Read more WikiLeaks stories.)

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