Hacker 'Guccifer' Claims He Got Inside Clinton Server

'Guccifer' is now in US custody
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2016 2:03 AM CDT
Updated May 5, 2016 6:21 AM CDT
Hacker Claims He Got Inside Clinton Server
Hillary Clinton listens while testifying before the House Benghazi Committee last year.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The Romanian hacker who shared George W. Bush's paintings with the world is now in American custody, and he's turned out to be pretty chatty. Marcel Lehel Lazar, better known as "Guccifer," says he broke into Hillary Clinton's "completely unsecured" server and it was like "an open orchid on the Internet," reports NBC News, which interviewed him in a Bucharest jail before his extradition last month. It's not clear why NBC, which notes that Lazar didn't provide any evidence to back up his claim, waited so long to disclose the interview. Lazar, who was the first to expose Clinton's private email account, is accused of hacking the accounts of political figures such as Colin Powell and Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, whose AOL account he says led him to the Clinton server.

In a jailhouse interview in Virginia, Lazar tells Fox News that it was easy to access Clinton's server—and he detected up to 10 other users on there. He says he didn't have much interest in the content. "I was not paying attention," he says. "For me, it was not like the Hillary Clinton server, it was like an email server she and others were using with political voting stuff." He says he wants to cooperate with American prosecutors, and he has hidden two gigabytes of information from other hacks that are "too hot." The Clinton campaign issued a statement saying his descriptions of the Clinton server are inaccurate, and "it is unfathomable that he would have gained access to her emails and not leaked them the way he did to his other victims." (Those other victims are believed to include "everyone from high-level military officials to C-list actresses.")

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