Former President George W. Bush’s speechwriter just weighed in on the French election results with a tweet that’s a lightly-veiled stab at Trump’s collusion with Russian hackers.
With Emmanuel Macron, the center-left candidate, defeating the neo-Nazi right-wing candidate Marine LePen decisively in today’s voting with a 65% landslide, David Frum tweeted his opinion on one of the primary ramifications of the results.
Another consequence of Macron win: one of Western world’s most effective counter-intelligence cultures won’t be colonized by Moscow.
— David Frum (@davidfrum) May 7, 2017
LePen, the big loser in this election, has been closely linked to Trump, both by her fierce opposition to immigration and her close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Those comparisons became even more clear in the last few days when hackers broke into the servers of the party led by her ultimately victorious opponent, Macron, and leaked thousands of documents to Wikileaks.
Those comparisons became even more clear in the last few days when hackers broke into the servers of the En Marche! party led by her ultimately victorious opponent, Macron, and leaked thousands of documents to Wikileaks.
Much like the leak of the documents hacked from the servers of the Democratic National Committee in the US elections last year, this political dirty trick was straight out of the Putin electoral interference playbook.
Now, Frum rightly points out the major bullet the world has just dodged. A win by LePen would have compromised the intelligence-sharing agreements that France has in place with both the rest of the EU and the US by potentially exposing that intelligence to Russian agents.
With the US investigation into Russian electoral interference still proceeding, albeit seemingly glacially, it’s good to know that we’ll still be able to count on the French to deliver intelligence information that hasn’t been shaped and invented by Trump’s Russian puppet master.
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.