Hillary Clinton email investigation, Source: No ‘coincidence’ Romanian hacker Guccifer extradited amid Clinton probe, Hillary laughs off email scandal as GOP ‘fantasy’
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at every important turn, crucial files and documents ‘‘disappeared’’
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From Fox News April 8, 2016.
“Source: No ‘coincidence’ Romanian hacker Guccifer extradited amid Clinton probe
The extradition of Romanian hacker “Guccifer” to the U.S. at a critical point in the FBI’s criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email use is “not a coincidence,” according to an intelligence source close to the case.
One of the notches on Guccifer’s cyber-crime belt was allegedly accessing the email account of Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, one of Clinton’s most prolific advice-givers when she was secretary of state. It was through that hack that Clinton’s use of a personal account — clintonemail.com — first came to light.
Former law enforcement and cyber security experts said the hacker, whose real name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, could – now that he’s in the U.S. – help the FBI make the case that Clinton’s email server was compromised by a third party, one that did not have the formal backing and resources of a foreign intelligence service such as that of Russia, China or Iran.
“Because of the proximity to Sidney Blumenthal and the activity involving Hillary’s emails, [the timing] seems to be something beyond curious,” said Ron Hosko, former assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division from 2012-2014.
On Tuesday, Lazar appeared in an Alexandria, Va., federal courtroom for his detention hearing, attended by Fox News. He faces a nine-count federal indictment on computer hacking charges and, according to both Romanian and U.S. officials, is expected to be in the country for 18 months.
A spokesman for the FBI’s Washington Field Office, which led the Guccifer investigation, had no comment on the extradition, the timing, and any potential intersection with the Clinton email probe.
On or about March 31, Lazar was extradited 3,700 miles to Alexandria from a prison in Arad, Romania, where he has been serving a seven-year sentence for hacking crimes committed in his native country. His targets in Romania were prominent government officials and political figures whom he often taunted under the name of Micul Fum or “Little Smoke.”
Following his 2014 conviction, Lazar was effectively neutralized in prison and no longer a threat, which makes his transfer to the U.S. all the more noteworthy.
The 44-year-old entered the Alexandria courtroom wearing a green jumpsuit, with the yellow word “PRISONER” stenciled on the back. Lazar appeared confident and relaxed during the four-minute appearance, telling the court he did not need the translator provided for the hearing.
According to the 15-page federal indictment, Lazar “specialized in gaining unauthorized access to the online accounts of high-profile individuals” including Clinton ally Blumenthal, who appears to be identified as “Victim 5 … a journalist and former presidential advisor who was the true owner of an AOL account with subaccounts known to the grand jury.”
The indictment went on to note that using his alias of Guccifer on Blumenthal’s account, “Lazar attempted to conceal his identity by accessing the account from a proxy server located in Russia.””
From the New York Post April 8, 2016.
“Hillary laughs off email scandal as GOP ‘fantasy’
Hillary Clinton on Friday laughed off as a “fantasy” the Republicans’ hopes that the federal probe into her use of a private email server will lead to her being led off in handcuffs.
“Oh my goodness!” the Democratic front-runner told Matt Lauer in an interview that aired Friday morning on NBC’s “Today” show.
“I know that they live in that world of fantasy and hope because they’ve got a mess on their hands on the Republican side. That is not gonna happen. There is not even the remotest chance that it’s going to happen,” she told Lauer on Thursday in a Bronx diner.”