Skip to comments.Hacker "Guccifer" Welcomes Extradition: Hillary Clinton e-mail probe
Posted on 02/03/2016 7:59:58 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
The Romanian hacker whose illegal exploits first exposed Hillary Clintonâs use of a non-governmental e-mail system is set to waive extradition later this month so he can face trial in the United States on a nine-count felony indictment.
Known as âGuccifer,â hacker Marcel Lehel Lazar, 43, is scheduled for a February 17 extradition hearing in Romania, where he has been jailed since his arrest in January 2014. Lazar is serving a four-year sentence for hacking into the e-mail accounts of several public figures in Romania, including the head of the countryâs intelligence service.
In a phone interview from a Bucharest prison, Lazar said that he will waive extradition during a Court of Appeal hearing in two weeks. Six months after Lazarâs indictment on federal charges in June 2014, the U.S. Department of State filed an extradition request with the Romanian government. U.S. officials are seeking to extradite him âright now, right on the spot,â said Lazar. Since he will not contest those efforts, Lazar added, he expects to be brought to the U.S. within the next few months. Lazar will face trial in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was indicted for fraud, obstruction of justice, cyberstalking, identity theft, and unauthorized access of a protected computer. Lazar's indictment is excerpted here.
Lazar said that Romania prosecutors are eager to turn him over to their U.S. counterparts, adding that, âI donât oppose. I go there to United States to fight. I know what I did and this is okay with me.â Lazar told TSG that, following his arrest, he agreed to an interview with FBI and Secret Service agents. During that meeting at a Bucharest police station, Lazar detailed his illegal activities.
The âGucciferâ hacking spree began in late-2012 with the ransacking of e-mail accounts of Bush family members and friends. Lazarâs victims would eventually grow to include dozens of public figures, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell; CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz; authors Candace Bushnell and Kitty Kelley; billionaire venture capitalist John Doerr; journalists Carl Bernstein and Tina Brown; actress Mariel Hemingway; former Nixon aide John Dean; three members of Britainâs House of Lords; and numerous U.S. military officials, including a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
But the Lazar e-mail incursion with the most serious repercussions was his March 2013 hacking of the AOL account of Sidney Blumenthal, the Clinton family confidant.
While in control of the AOL account, Lazar (seen at left) copied Blumenthalâs e-mails, including dozens of messages sent to Hillary Clinton, who was then Secretary of State. Blumenthalâs e-mails to Clinton--many of which included detailed memos about international affairs--were not sent to her government address, but rather to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The clintonemail.com domain was registered on January 13, 2009, as Clinton's Senate confirmation hearings were about to commence.
The revelation that Clinton used her personal e-mail account for Department of State business--and that her e-mail was housed on a âhome brewâ server--prompted a sprawling FBI investigation that is examining, among other things, whether classified material was improperly sent and stored via the unsecure system.
Though locked up 5000 miles away, Lazar stays abreast of U.S. events by watching CNN all day. Along with Clintonâs Iowa caucus tally, the hacker is up to speed on the Democratic presidential candidateâs e-mail travails. âOf course I know,â he said. âThere are 100 FBI agents working on that server.â
Asked about his role in prompting the e-mail probe that now shadows Clinton, Lazar replied, âYeah, itâs because of me.â (7 pages)
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So, Romanian dude is the one that nabbed Hillary? (essentially?)
He should be given a medal! :)
Get this man a squad of bodyguards. I pray to GOD he stays safe and put the trash away.
I still think its funny as hell that he hacked John Dean’s email
How long until he “suddenly breaks free from his escorting guards and throws himself off a high building”...?
It would seem that the FBI, with a little negotiation on their part...would have a friendly witness for the Hillary charges. What’s with the 150 agents and their efforts?
My prediction is that just as the last primary wraps up and Hillary would have the nomination and the convention coming up....charges are announced. A week later....she resigns from the race. The entire convention is thrown up, and someone appears out of nowhere to do a speech and get the nomination. All of this orchestrated by the White House.
Then accidentally shoots himself in Ft. Marcy Park.
A sensible thing to do to hire him as part his sentence if found guilty.
Biden is the one.
The guy should be given a medal.
Elmer. First seat, second row on the left, in Green.
Now, is that Charlie McCarthy, front row, upper section, with the top hat on? Calling Edgar Bergen. You have a lovely daughter.
Being old is so much fun. The yungers have no idea what we are talking about. That is why we are called “The Golden Oldies” and not them.
Should entitle this photo - “Dummies for Clinton”. OR is it “Clinton for Dummies”?
Termites report to the conference hall, ASAP.
The FBI is reportedly going back to the sources of the emails to document the classifications when the emails were sent. They’re also cataloging and matching the sources of the “donations” to the Clinton foundations that Hillary arranged in return for favors when she was SOS.
IMAGINE the claims he could make about Clinton that would picked up by the press, and believed by the public
He’s probably playing it smartly - face it full-on, knowing Clinton won’t want a public show-trial.