The media gag was initiated only minutes after Macron confirmed the leaks had occurred; to prohibit any dissemination of information in case it influences the election.
Russian connections have been hinted at by WikiLeaks, but acknowledged the ‘cyber print’ is unclear.
A blackout was put in place to prevent the discussion of, or publication of any dumped data now that the campaigning has ended. The media gag was initiated only minutes after Macron confirmed the leaks had occurred; to prohibit any dissemination of information in case it influences the election. The French media faced censorship warnings not to publish the email dump, saying media outlets faced criminal prosecutions if they proceeded.
Macron’s party also specifically asked the media not to publish anything on the leaks, saying they needed to be “responsible.”
“We are calling to the media willing to cover this, to be responsible. It is not a simple hacking but a tentative to disrupt the presidential election,” Macron’s campaign said.
Campaigning stopped on Friday evening, giving voters a chance to reflect on their May 7 vote in what is a historically important and unprecedented French election. Neither the traditional Gaullist nor Socialist party made the run-offs, something not seen since 1958.
Le Pen also made claims of ballot tampering this week, telling the commission that Le Pen ballots had been discovered in several regions including Loire, that were “systematically torn up.” The electoral watchdog is investigating both the computer hacks and ballot tampering.
Polls suggest Macron will win comfortably, but observers are skeptical until the official count is in.