Centrist Emmanuel Macron’s campaign said Friday that they were the target of a massive hacking attack that led to the leak of documents and emails by the candidate himself and other people associated with his campaign, The Daily Caller reports.
Some 9 gigabytes of data were posted by a user called EMLEAKS to document-sharing site Pastebin.
News about the leaked emails started to emerge Friday evening just hours before midnight when the official ban on campaigning went into effect.
Macron’s political movement En Marche! (Onwards!) confirmed that they have been hacked and said the leaked documents were authentic.
WikiLeaks, which said was not responsible for the leak, posted a link to the website containing the documents. The hashtag #MacronLeaks quickly started to trend worldwide on social media.
Macron is the leading candidate in the French presidential run-off on Sunday, and is expected to beat far-right candidate Marine Le Pen of the National Front.