WASHINGTON, April 8, 2016 – A Virginia federal grand jury handed down a nine-count indictment against Romanian cybercriminal Marcel “Guccifer” Lazar for “gaining unauthorized access to the online accounts of high-profile individuals and publicly releasing his victims’ information, including content of emails.”
“Victim 3” in the indictment, who is “known to the grand jury” as “a former U.S. Cabinet member,” is former Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose Facebook page was hacked by Guccifer.
“YOU WILL BURN IN HELL, BUSH!” wrote Guccifer posing as Powell. A mere two minutes later, the comment received 18 likes.
Not listed among Guccifer’s victims is another former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
The obvious reason, of course, is that some of the information hacked from her illegal home server is classified “Top Secret” and might prove damaging to U.S. national security should it be entered into evidence in open court.
That said, it was announced that Romania graciously agreed to extradite Guccifer to the United States to answer for his cybercrimes and, more importantly, answer a few questions posed by the FBI’s multitudinous Hillary investigative unit.
A few days ago, Mark Toner, a State Department deputy spokesman, was asked by a reporter if his agency had a role in requesting Guccifer’s extradition.
Toner appeared confused by the question, so the reporter fleshed it out by describing Guccifer as the guy “who exposed the Clinton-Blumenthal correspondence and thereby the Clinton email account.”
A close Clinton crony, Sidney Blumenthal did not work for the State Department or have secret government clearance. President Obama would not bring him into his administration, resentful over Blumenthal’s feeding opposition research to conservative websites and bloggers concerning his former far-left associations during the 2008 Democratic primaries.
Blumenthal, a former bottom-feeding journalist and devoted political fixer – whose job during the Clinton presidency was to intimidate Bill’s sexual victims – engaged in top secret discussions with Secretary Hillary Clinton concerning, of all things, America’s involvement in Libya.
Some of these emails were considered so sensitive by the State Department, they were redacted before their release so that the only text not swathed in black ink were the names of the correspondents.
“I don’t believe we had any – I mean, other than – this is an extradition of a hacker,” mumbled the State Department’s Mark Toner. “I think it would be Department of Justice who would have the specifics on that.”
Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said in a press statement, “Marcel Lazar is the latest of a dozen high-level cybercriminals who have recently been extradited to face justice in the United States. Old-fashioned investigative work, enhanced international law enforcement relationships, and a long memory can ensure that foreign-based hackers have no safe haven even in the remote corners of the globe. As the saying goes, ‘they can run, but they can’t hide.’”
In other words, if not for the high-profile computer hacking phenomena, which encompasses everything from identity theft to China’s industrial espionage and U.S. sabotage of Iran’s nuclear enrichment centrifuges, Hillary Clinton might have gotten off scot free.
Americans might have never known Hillary illegally housed top secret U.S. government information on her dangerously unsecure home email server if not for hacker Guccifer.
Hillary has copped to deleting around 31,000 “personal” emails.
Will the FBI ask Guccifer for backup copies?