by Pamela Williams
I cannot believe this, but it is happening. France has warned media not to publish hacked and leaked Macron emails. I knew there is a law in France in which the news media cannot publish anything about the election during the two days before the election.
Now we are looking at Internet sites being included in this law. This is really outrageous that this should affect the Internet publications and postings. We know these emails have already been leaked on the Internet
Does France have the right to include Internet websites in their Country’s laws?
Published on May 6, 2017
After 9 gigabytes of Macron-linked documents and emails were released on an anonymous pastebin website on Friday afternoon in what Macron’s campaign said was a “massive and coordinated” hacking attack, France – fearing a similar response to what happened with Hillary Clinton after 35,000 John Podesta emails were released one month before the US presidential election – cracked down on the distribution of the files, warning on Saturday it would be a “criminal offense” to republish the data, and warning the French media not to publish content from any of the hacked emails “to prevent the outcome of the vote being influenced.”
Quoted by Reuters, the French election commission said in a statement that “on the eve of the most important election for our institutions, the commission calls on everyone present on internet sites and social networks, primarily the media, but also all citizens, to show responsibility and not to pass on this content, so as not to distort the sincerity of the ballot.” Following a rushed meeting on Saturday morning, the commission which supervises the electoral process, said that the data been “fraudulently obtained and could be mixed with false information.” It is unclear, however, how it hopes to enforce any punitive claims, especially when much of the initial document distribution appears to have taken place offshore.
Wow, this should be interesting, as we are seeing an historic event on the Internet. I will be following this and will continue with updates.