In a blow to the anti-Russia narrative being spewed by any and everyone in the western establishment (most recently Hillary again), the head of the French National Agency of Information Systems Security (ANSSI) told AP that France has found no traces of Russian hackers in a cyberattack on President Emmanuel Macron's campaign (we wonder if the result would have been the same if he, like Hillary, had lost).
French Intelligence Head: there is absolutely no evidence of Russian involvement in French Elex hacking. Hack was crude; could be anyone pic.twitter.com/MCpyX87PH8— Murad Gazdiev (@MuradGazdiev) June 1, 2017
Right after the event, it was claimed (by officials and the media lapdogs) that Russian hacking group called APT28 was responsible for the cyberattack on Macron's presidential campaign.
However, according to ANSSI (the French cybersecurity agency has been investigating the attack) chief Guillaume Poupard,
the hacker attack on Macron's campaign "was so generic and simple that it could have been practically anyone."
He told AP that it "means that we can imagine that it was a person who did this alone. They could be in any country."
Of course, given Putin's meeting with Macron this week, we are sure the narrative remains alive and well and Putin must have strong-armed Macron to deny this.
As a reminder, the leak of Macron campaign data contained 9 gigabytes of emails, images and attachments dating back several months. At the time, the French authorities called on the national media not to report the contents of the leak, saying that doing so would violate election rules to stop campaigning a day ahead of an election. The candidate also barred RT and the Russian news agency Sputnik from his campaign HQ, accusing them of spreading false information about him. His team failed to provide any examples of such misreporting.