Breaking news in the French election! On May 3rd, just days before the election on May 7th, investigative journalist William Craddick posted an article stating that "Documents Indicate That Emmanuel Macron May Be Engaging In Tax Evasion."
According to these documents, French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron opened a company in the Bahamas with a bank that has been previously involved in tax evasion cases.
Macron claimed he was not concealing assets or holding secret offshore accounts less than a month ago. The company was called La Providence LLC. La Providence is the name of Macron’s former high school, where he first met his wife, who at the time was his high school teacher.
Macron denies the documents, and claims they are part of a conspiracy of "obviously Russian network" on France Inter Radio. Hillary Clinton made similar and her theories were debunked by the US Intelligence Community.
French prosecutors described the leak as “a suspected attempt to tar presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron” and have opened a probe into the origin of the leaks after Mr. Macron filed a complaint.
I found myself on the receiving end of a slew of tweets and messages all written in French! Apparently, the French media are now claiming I, Jack Posobiec, of Rebel Media, am a Russian agent, because I shared a link on my twitter account.
France Culture reporter Nicolas Vanderbiest said "we cannot be mistaken its the Russians" and shared a picture of my twitter account, with no proof, other than the fact that my name is Slavic.
Stephanie Lamy a writer for Danaides.org tweeted out that I was "conspiratorial" and that I was "brainwashing" anyone who reads the information. Interestingly, enough, despite going on a tweetstorm about it, she doesn't offer a single pice of evidence to refute the authenticity of the documents. In fact, come to think of it, neither did Emmanuel Macron.
I spoke to people on the board /pol/ at 4chan who confirmed to me that the first place they saw the documents was on the deep web. The deep web is an untracked part of the internet where many people visit to post things anonymously. Its also where the Hillary Clinton and DNC emails were first found.
On investigative journalism site GotNews.com - Jessica Gomez, a professional auditor with the Big Three accounting firms published and extensive examination of the documents.
The signature on the documents matches signatures that Macron made on books and posters and even other official documents. Minor information, such as the names, contact numbers, fax numbers of specific bank and company agents, also matches information found from other sources.
Gomez concludes, there is no reason to assume these documents are fake. She states: I would recommend that government investigators obtain a warrant to carry out further investigation into Emmanuel Macrons personal papers and correspondences, both written and digital.
Thanks to the great investigative work by Craddick and Gomez, information is now provided to the French electorate so that they can decide for themselves the authenticity of these documents.
In this day and age of gotcha journalism and fake news headlines, its all too important to conduct rigorous investigations into all new information, especially with a presidential election, and the fate of a continent on the line.