Hillary Says French Media Handled Macron Leaks In A ‘Responsible Way’ By Ignoring Emails

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praises French media in her new book “What Happened” for the “responsible way” they handled leaked emails from Emmanuel Macron’s campaign two days before he was elected president.

Macron’s campaign issued a statement May 5 saying a major hack had put thousands of emails and internal communication at risk. The hack did not reveal any smoking guns and Macron went on to beat populist Marine Le Pen in a landslide vote two days later.

Clinton slams U.S. media outlets for publishing content from emails between her campaign officials, and she suggests they “learn from the responsible way” France handled the situation. She notes that the media were ordered to not publish any of the content, in part because French law prohibits coverage close to an election.

“American journalists who eagerly and uncritically repeated whatever WikiLeaks dished out during the campaign could learn from the responsible way the French press handled the hack of Macron,” Clinton said in her book.

She further suggests France and the Macron campaign were ready for the leak given what happened during the U.S. presidential race.

“But because the French had watched what happened in America, they were better prepared,” Clinton said.

Clinton praises Macron for condemning Russian interference and propaganda during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“If the French can do it, surely our own leaders can,” Clinton writes. “As of this writing, the Senate has already passed legislation to ratchet up sanctions on Russia, but the Trump administration is trying to persuade the House to water it down.”

WikiLeaks dropped a second release of Macron emails in late July, almost three months after the initial hack. The site released more than 71,000 emails — 21,075 of which have been verified through “domain keys,” an email authentication system, the organization said in a statement. The documents range between March 2009 and April 24, 2017.

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