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Guccifer hacker who infiltrated Clinton and Bush emails slams ‘hypocrisy’ in first interview upon release

The infamous Romanian hacker known as Guccifer, who managed to break into the online correspondence of the Bush and Clinton political dynasties, fueling years of right-wing conspiracies, has declared his project a “failure”, according to his first American interview since his release from prison in 2021.

Marcel Lehel Lazar, who spent more than four years in federal prison in Pennsylvania, said The interception he set out to uncover what he thought was a hidden reason for America’s ongoing political dysfunction, but instead discovered an alien and more mundane world, like the way former President George Bush likes make paintings of himself in the bath.

“Look at the last 20 years of politics in the United States,” he told Mr. Lazar. “It’s all lies, and it went so low in the mud. You know what I’m saying? It stinks.”

Marcel Lazar Lehel is escorted by masked police officers in Bucharest, after being arrested in Arad, west of Bucharest, January 22, 2014

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Perhaps the hacker’s most enduring legacy is an indirect legacy.

Buried in email correspondence Guccifer obtained from Clinton family associate Sidney Blumenthal was the revelation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email account to conduct official business, a fact that became a long-running scandal that galvanized right-wing opposition against Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign and fueled frequent attacks by Donald Trump.

Later, an online hacker dubbing himself Guccifer 2.0 continued to target the leading Democrat during the 2016 election season, hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign. , then releasing flight. emails online via WikiLeaks.

In July 2018, officials accused a dozen Russian intelligence officers as the origin of the regime.

Mr. Lazar added in his Intercept interview that he didn’t like that even though he helped expose Mrs. Clinton’s private email and then cooperated with federal officials, he ended up in jail when she didn’t do the not subject to any charges for the incident.

“So much hypocrisy, come on man,” he said, adding, “I paid for this, you know. People have to have privacy. But, you see, it’s not like I wanted to know what my neighbors were talking about. But I wanted to know what these guys in the United States were talking about, and that’s why. I was sure that there are bad things going on there This is the reason I did it, not some other shady reason. What I did is OK.

Mr Lazar is now back in Romania for the first time since his arrest in 2014 and is believed to be working on a memoir.

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