Russia and CIA Hack French Elections

The political campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has said recently that their servers have been targeted by Russian hackers. Since these allegations, however, a Wikileaks document has shown the CIA had “targeted for infiltration” all the major political parties in a 10-month period around France’s 2012 presidential election.

The CIA operation was titled the espionage order for “Non Ruling Political Parties and Candidates Strategic Election Plans”, and included both the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies. This appears to have been significantly more advanced than the current accusations of Russian interference in the ongoing election.

France’s political parties are currently worried about a “spear phishing” campaign identical to the attacks launched against the U.S., apparently from Russia, that targeted the DNC and John Podesta’s emails. After his meeting with French candidate Marine Le Pen in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support for Eurosceptic parties in the E.U. is certain, but the allegations of hacks against Europe’s pro-E.U. political parties have not been substantiated. Whatever outcome of the infiltration and investigations, the first round of the election will be held on April 23.

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