The mass document dump looks likely to become an inevitable part of modern elections. After the hacking of the Democratic party in the 2016 US election and the dumping of embarrassing emails through WikiLeaks, French and German governments have been braced for similar attacks during their own elections. And the onslaught has duly arrived. On Friday night, tens of thousands of internal emails and other documents from the campaign of the French presidential frontrunner, Emmanuel Macron, were released online. Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to Washington who witnessed the assault on the Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 US presidential election, responded to the Macron attack with weary resignation.
“It was to be expected,” Araud said in a tweet that was deleted later on Friday night. “A last-ditch offensive to the benefit of preferred candidate of a foreign government.”
There is no proof yet that the attack on Macron is Moscow’s handiwork, but method and motive are clearly similar.