Wikileaks accuses the BBC of spreading fake news about the French election

Wikileaks today attacked the BBC, accusing the British public service broadcaster of lying about it’s leaks on French politicians.

Just days after the Wikileaks Twitter account claimed former BBC political editor Nick Robinson was spreading false into about their releases, they today attacked the network itself.

Retweeting a video from Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT (formerly Russia Today), the infamous whistleblower organization took offence to reports they were trying to interfere in the French elections.

Wikileaks promoted nearly 3,600 documents on François Fillon and more than 1,100 files on Marine Le Pen on their Twitter on February 1st.

They also retweeted about an invite to a dinner party Emmanuel Macron sent to then US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.


Six days later, on February 7th, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gave an interview to Russian newspaper Izvestia where he said that emails of Hillary Clinton also contained information on the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

“We have interesting information about one of the candidates for the French presidency – Emmanuel Macron,” said Assange to Izvestia . “This data comes from the personal correspondence of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

 

Russia and Wikileaks

Both Wikileaks and Russia have faced accusations that they are making attempts to interfere in the 2017 French Presidential election. In it’s Feburary 8th edition, French newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné said that the French security service The Directorate-General for External Security (DGSE) are preparing for a Russian cyber attack.

According to the DGSE, Russia intends to support the candidacy of Marine Le Pen  “on social networks through web robots that will generate positive messages by the thousands. Or by revealing confidential data and messages of her opponents.” Contacted by RTL.fr , vice president of the National Front Florian Philippot said he would rely on “the state to secure the presidential election.”