Re: So, just another day in the office...?
As Wikileaks (and others) have already discussed, if it were truly the Russians, why not release the dirt 2-3 days earlier, and give everyone the chance to see what's inside, then drag Macron through the mud?
After all, why else would you bother releasing the dirt on him?
On the other hand, waiting until it's too late to be legally covered by the French media before you release the details (and so guaranteeing that the real details will not be revealed until after the election is done) is a nice way of being able to scream "Hey, look! Bad Russians over there!" without too much risk of interfering with the French elections.
By the way, regarding Jason Pinter's tweet (which your rag has given such prominence in the article, almost as if you agreed with it), if the most the Left have to fear from the opposition are hacks, they should be extremely grateful.
a) Quite a few on the Right have had multiple threats or real attempts made on their lives (Farage, Fortuyn, Wilders, van Gogh), free speech available to their political opponents (Le Pen), or their officials (Trump). The Left even use very carefully-crafted language when the Right also receives exactly the same kind of disclosure at the hands of hackers: For example, when a Trump aide has secret information spilled on him, that isn't a "leak", "hack" or "stolen information" (implying wrongdoing on the part of hackers). It's called "unmasking" (which implies integrity!) Very little is publicly discussed about this glaring incongruity.
b) It is a fundamental principle of most of those on the Right that each person is entitled to their own opinion. This is not true of the Left, many of whom openly attack, label and even expel those that do not agree with their own views. Yet the Right are often labeled as the extremists, often being referred to as the "far right" in the preamble of almost any discussion about their policies or opinions.
c) Much is not mentioned that leaks would be pretty inconsequential if there was nothing of interest in those leaks. As the Left are so fond of saying, "If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear." Yet, some reflection should reveal that if there wasn't anything worth leaking (or "unmasking", as discussed above), nobody would bother. It is a well-known statistic to those in security circles that 60% of attacks originate from inside organisations, so to scream "Ahhh! Russians!" every time someone is hacked is highly disingenuous.
If the mainstream press should claim such outrage, why is it only the alternative media that's actually discussing what's in the leaked files, and where they may be downloaded? All I see here is metadata - the fact Macron was hacked. The details? Nothing to see here, move on...