The head of the US National Security Agency (NSA) says Washington had warned French authorities about Russia’s meddling in the country’s presidential election before hackers could allegedly steal documents from the centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron’s party.
“If you take a look at the French election … we had become aware of Russian activity,” Mike Rogers said during a hearing before the Senate’s Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
“We had talked to our French counterparts prior to the public announcements of the events publicly attributed this past weekend and gave them a heads-up: ‘Look, we’re watching the Russians, we’re seeing them penetrate some of your infrastructure.’”
Macron won the French presidential run-off on Sunday by a resounding margin over far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen. Two days earlier, Macron’s En Marche ! political party announced that it had “been the victim of a massive, coordinated act of…