US lawmaker calls on Trump to 'forcefully' react to hacking of French presidential candidate

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A senior Democratic lawmaker has called on US President Donald Trump to “forcefully” respond to the cyber attack that targeted the campaign of leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

“This attack on French democracy is a threat to all of us, and our way of life,” Congressman Adam Smith of Washington State and the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee said in statement on Saturday.

He further added that the president “must not downplay, ignore, or encourage such an assault.” 

The development came after Macron’s campaign officials reported a “massive and coordinated hacking attack,” following the release of what they described as the campaign’s internal documents just ahead of the French presidential election due to be held on Sunday.

According to local press reports, nearly nine gigabytes of data were posted Friday evening on a profile called EMLEAKS to Pastebin, a site that allows anonymous document sharing.

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